"So that no one may boast before Him." I Corinthians 1:29
After reading I Corinthians 1:18-28, you may be a bit mystified. You may ask yourself, “Why on earth would God do this?” For in no uncertain terms, these verses depict the Lord as using simple, and sinful people with a simple message. Why would He choose to use fools as His tools (with a foolish message)? But don’t stop reading there. For if you continue into verse 29 you will find the answer, “So that no one may boast before Him.”
He does all of this for one reason--HIS GLORY. If you’ve learned anything from skimming through the Old Testament, then hopefully you’ve learned that Jehovah is a very jealous God. He simply will not tolerate the worship of an idol or any another being.
His reasoning is brilliant; If God chose to use superheroes with superhuman strength, then the focus would be on the individual and their strengths, not the Lord.
I think that He’d probably like to see the tortoise win over the hare. Since He is the maker of miracles, He’s a champion for the underdog.
Think about it, when your car won’t start and a mechanic fixes it in 20 minutes, whom do you thank? Is it the new starter, or the one who put it in and fixed your vehicle? You give praise to the mechanic of coarse.
The hero of the Lazarus story is not Lazarus. After all, he is just a decaying corpse--he had nothing to do with his resurrection. All the glory goes to the one who said “Lazarus, come out!”
You see the unexplained only offers one valid explanation--It’s a miracle from the Most High. God does this, “So that no one may boast before him” (Vs. 29). He uses simple people with a simple message (not with words of human wisdom), “Lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” Vs. 17).
“Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord’” (Vs. 31).
So don’t be surprised when God uses the last picked kid on the team to score the homerun. Don’t judge Christians by their outward appearance--judge the servant by his Master. And don’t be surprised when God chooses to use you to do the least likely of tasks. Embrace the unknown. I guarantee that if you are open to His spirit, He’ll allow you to shine in His name for a work that you are the least qualified for. But when you shine, make sure that you reflect and redirect that glory right back to God. For He alone is worthy of the praise.
Lord Jesus, I am completely open to Your calling on my life. Use me as You will. Surprise me. I trust that You know what is best for me. Do mighty things through this broken vessel so that You may receive the Glory. Don’t ever let me boast over the works that You have accomplished through me. Thank You for choosing such an unlikely servant for Your mission. I love You Lord. In Jesus name, amen.
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