June 7, 2012

Who Does God Choose?

Does God choose those that are intelligent, powerful, and perfect-minded to lead and build His Kingdom? Actually, no. That is a worldly way of thinking. Put the smartest person in charge of a company...put the most powerful person in charge of our government, put the most honorable and non-sinful person in charge of our ministries and counselors. But this is not God's way, it is man's way.

God chooses broken-hearted, powerless, and foolish people to lead the way to build His Kingdom. Do you remember the 12 disciples that Jesus chose? Or rather, that God chose? Jesus went up on a mountain the night before and prayed to his Heavenly Father, his Abba, to lead him in the choices and show him who he was to choose. God did so. Now, when God showed Jesus who to choose, do you think he might have said, "Father, I know you are perfect and all-knowing, and you have a great sense of humor, but....uh, are  you SURE these are the ones you want?" Because God did not move Jesus to choose the most obvious men for this...He chose the broken, powerless, and foolish ones. It is a huge lesson in humility. Let's take a look at some of his choices:

Thomas - "The doubter"
Simon - "The zealot"
The 3 Fisherman
Matthew - "The tax collector"
Judas - "The traitor"

These are just some of the disciples, but they paint a pretty good picture of the less than stellar men that were chosen to help lead and build up God's Kingdom. Now why on earth would our Lord choose these type of people? It just doesn't make sense! But actually, it makes perfect sense.


Simple as that. When we see the most down and out person conquer something, we admire that. When we see someone with no one and nothing left in the world come back to be a person of strong bonds and living a life of kindness and service, we believe. If we saw things through the "perfect" ones who have everything together and are already seen as higher up...we would not see it as anything unusual or unexpected, and therefore would have no cause to believe. But when the most broken of pots is used to rise up and be glorious and show God and His love to the world...we take notice, our faith grows, and we believe. So take heart when you see the homeless, the victims, the wounded, the children, the poverty stricken...do not pass by. Take a good, hard look. The Lord is using each of those for a profound, important purpose...just as He is using you! Follow Him...and you will shine!

"Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God."  (1 Corinthians 1:26-29 NLT)

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