Getting Off The Couch

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1 Corinthians 1:26-31Brothers, 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.”  (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Not feeling too wise?  Not very influential? Not of noble birth? Weak and lowly?  Then perhaps God can use you.  That’s not to say God cannot use those who are.  But sometimes our wisdom, influence, stature and strength can get in the way of being used by God.  Perhaps maybe because we do not think we need Him and can manage just fine with what we have.

But life in Christ is full of oxymorons.  The poor are rich and the rich are destitute.  Gaining the whole world can cost you your soul. Those who give out of their want give more than those who give out of their wealth.  The foolish shame the wise.  The older (Esau) serves the younger (Jacob).  The least of the lowliest clan (Gideon) becomes the judge that delivers all Israel.  Ordinary fishermen (Peter, John and James) and a hated tax collector (Matthew) become disciples of the Messiah. The King of kings is born in a stable and raised in backwater Nazareth (can anything good come from there?).  The Apostle Paul is given weakness so he can be strong.  The persecutor of early Christians (Saul) became the Apostle of grace (Paul).  The Savior had to die on a cross (cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree) in order to offer the blessing of eternal life to all mankind.

So, maybe we should not feel so inadequate after all.  Maybe we don’t need to be up on the couch where it is nice and comfortable.  We’re needed more down in the trenches.

My Advice –  Go in God’s strength.  His grace is always sufficient.

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