‘Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in this world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’ ‘ (1 Corinthians 1:26-31. NRSV)
Here’s to everyone who feels ordinary, foolish, weak and low and despised! Why? Because you are the people God calls, chooses and uses.
What if you are wise, powerful or high-born? Well don’t worry because God can use you too!
We have to see God as he is, so that we can see ourselves as we are. We are ordinary, but God is extraordinary. We have nothing to boast in save in the Lord himself.
Jesus was active in creation so our physical life originates in him, and he is the source of our spiritual life through the foolishness and weakness of the cross.
We can boast in nothing of ourselves, because there is nothing in us worth boasting about! But we can boast in everything of Him as he is our ‘righteousness and sanctification and redemption’.
Let’s get our perspective right! ALL OF HIM!
Heavenly Father, help me to see myself as I am, an ordinary created human being, but to see you as you really are, an extraordinary Creator God. Thank you that everything I need is in you, and help me only ever to boast about you and all that you have done in my life and will do through me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.