1 Corinthians 1:27-29 “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”
When people hear the gospel, why is it that they lash out against the messenger? They seek to invalidate the message by tearing down the one who delivered it. It is truly one of the things I didn’t understand until I came upon this verse in the Bible.
God chose what the world thinks foolish. He chose that which is base, despised and “nought” or nothing. Brother Lester Roloff was preaching in a meeting with a bunch of preachers and when he read this text He had the preachers stand and said, ‘Did you see that preachers? God has chosen the things that are ‘not’ to bring to nought the things that are… We’re just a bunch of ‘not-heads’!’
Sometimes the vessel that God uses to bring truth to us is humbling. Every parent has felt the sting of words that rang true from the mouth of their children. God will use anyone and anything. I wonder how Baalam felt after he realized he was admonished by a donkey? It shows our total lack of understanding and consideration when we bypass the message and attack the messenger.
An old time preacher once said, “All men are my teachers.” If we could only grasp the wisdom of that statement. There is something to be learned from all men. The problem today is that it takes a humble heart to do so. We will follow a CEO of a famous company and hang on their every word; seeking to be as successful or as powerful as they have become. Yet, there is wisdom to be had from the homeless man you just passed on the street and didn’t think twice to stop and care for his needs.
We will think nothing of watching hours of movies and television and never realize how much it influences us. We are children of technology. Everyone has a cellphone. Almost everyone uses a computer. Screens are everywhere thrusting ads in front of our eyes to capture our attention. Sadly, there are jingles from fast food restaurants that I could sing today – Why? Because they played over and over in our ears till we sang along with it, memorized it and frequented the place because of familiarity.
Would to God we would be so influenced by the gospel and it’s preaching! It is one of the things we criticize, condemn and try to invalidate because of how it was delivered. “He shouts too much!” “He’s so repetitive!” Social media has ‘granted’ us permission to let fly any and all unfiltered comments for everyone to see. Right or wrong; good or bad, truth or lies – it’s on the internet so it must be true – right???
So why did God choose such unlikely vessels to deliver the most wonderful of truths?
“That no flesh should glory in his presence.”
Because the truth of the message is so powerful, God seeks to elevate Himself by using the most unlikely characters to deliver it. Today, that is you and it is me. We must be faithful witnesses to what we accepted as true for our salvation because there those who are in such need of hearing what we heard; to have the same opportunity to trust Christ as their Savior.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Glorify – to make God look good. It is our commanded duty to do so because I must follow the One who purchased me with His own blood. So help me God!