Tuesday, September 13, 2005

1 Corinthians 1:20-31

Today’s passage is a great example of the timeliness and timelessness of the Bible. Just as it was nearly 2000 years ago, today’s society is full of those who would boast in their absence of a relationship with God. Many times, that boast is accompanied by a prideful display of a worldly intelligence that would mock anyone foolish enough to believe in God. Yet it is this foolishness that saves us.

As with many biblical passages, in today’s passage we are confronted with the stark contrast of the world’s ways and God’s ways.

The world says, “Only the strong survive”;
God says, “Whoever loses his life for me will save it”.

The world says, “An eye for eye”;
God says, “Turn the other cheek”.

The world says, “He who dies with the most toys wins”;
God says, “If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic”.

The world uses wisdom and philosophy to deny God;
God uses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise.

How does this take place? How does God use the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. A great deal of it happens through the body of believers, that is, through us. We need not be wise by human standards nor be influential nor be of noble birth. The bible is full of people who were flawed but used by God nonetheless. Their biggest asset was not their ability but rather their availability to be used by God.

It can be rather unnerving to step out in faith and ask God to use you. Many times, it's the fear that He'll actually take us up on the offer that is unsettling. But, knowing that He can use even foolish things, don’t you think He can use you? Question is… will you let Him?

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