I Corinthians 1:26-31
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”
I think it is always important to keep a vision of who we were at the forefront of our perception of who we are. As I become more involved in Christian activities and church programs, it is easy to forget that these commitments are not where my identity is found. It is solely in Christ Jesus; any good within me is because of God’s grace in my life.
I was humbled in church today as I recalled the grace that has been bestowed upon my life through a message on the lovingkindness of our God. It was God’s grace that allowed my life to begin in a Christian home. It was God’s grace that protected me from worldly influences through my teenage years. It was God’s lovingkindness that carefully molded a husband for me who is far beyond what I deserve and more than I could have ever dreamed he would be.
Our Creator is a gentle God who longs to bless us and advance our life. The key is that we must realize that we are nothing without Him. He has taken us from the depths of our sin and depravity, given us the gift of salvation through His Son, and longs to give us wisdom and strength to bring Him glory so that in the end our boasting is only in Him. Praise Him who raises the decrepit orphan to a wealthy saint!