“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly 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 the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1: 26-31 ESV)
Who among us, does not know at least one person who is guilty of boasting before the Lord? Politicians come to mind! So as not to call out anybody in particular, let’s just talk bible. The above-referenced scripture covers at least three powerful lessons. “The first lesson is about knowing your calling, the center of your expertise.”
Do you know why you’re here, your purpose, God’s intention for your life? If we believe what the bible says, specifically, 1 Corinthians 1:26, smart by worldly standards does not secure a special place in God’s heart. In fact, in 1 Corinthians 1, Jesus talks specifics on who is worthy, in the eyes of the Lord. Surprisingly, they are not who you expected. He stated, “not many of them were wise according to worldly standards, powerful or of noble birth.” Why would God choose the foolish in the world to shame the wise? Who has any need for weak anything? Yet, it is possible the weak can shame the strong. The underlying lesson here is, God is not impressed by the world and because of that, it would benefit us enormously, if we chose the Lord over the world. That means, humbling ourselves, loving people who don’t love us, helping those less fortunate than ourselves and surrendering to God, so He can work in our lives.
It’s not easy being a soldier in God’s army! Anybody who tells you it is is not a soldier in his army. The battle is not ours, but there will be wars as long as there is an earth, or until Jesus returns. The Good News, no matter who you are, or how little you have, you can still be a soldier in God’s army. He has no problem enlisting the poor, uneducated, oppressed, weak or lost. God is able to make lemonade out of lemons any second of the day.