Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chosen


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 (1 Corinthians 1:27 ESV).

In my first year of high school, I was one of the tallest boys in my class. I attended an all boys’ high school where the competition in the class room and on the athletic field was intense.

Pick up games of football (what Americans call soccer), Cricket, basketball, were all about choosing the best players for your team. Even though I was one of the tallest boys, I was also one of the least talented at that time. So I either got picked last, or I did not get picked. Talk about rejection!

Paul reminds the Corinthian church, mostly Greek Christians who celebrated power, human wisdom and wealth, that God also picks his team. But when he looks for members on his team, God does not begin with the brightest and best; or the fastest, or the strongest, or the richest.

God chooses what the world rejects. God chooses people the world deems foolish, weak and insignificant to expose the world’s so-called power, wisdom and wealth.

This is why the rulers of the world missed Christ. In humility he came riding on a donkey, born in an animal stable, the child of a poor, peasant girl; his father was a carpenter, and he mostly spent his time with outcasts. His message was a message of repentance, not revolution and war.

Yet it is because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV).

He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him (Ephesians 1:4 ESV). Hallelujah!