1Cor. 1:26,27 ¶ For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
Christianity is impossible to compare to other religions or other philosophies, it is the work of God in restoring fallen, helpless human beings. In the religions of the world, you have a set of moral practices and certain religious ceremonies and observations. The ability to adhere to these laws and practices are totally dependent on human effort and will. Christianity starts with an entirely different premise; man is hopelessly lost in an ocean or quagmire of sin without the ability to drag ourselves out of it. The very heart of our problem is the bondage of our will to the power of sin. It is the grace of God that opens our eyes to our condition, it is grace that draws us to Christ, and it is the grace of God that saves us and transforms us into different people. This is why it is even harder for the ‘better people’ to come to Christ. They are just fine, thank you very much, and of course they have their faith; the problem is that often ‘good folks’ have never recognized the need for a savior. Here are some thoughts from Jonathan Edwards on today’s verses.
“The import of all these things, if we may trust to scripture representations, is, that God has contrived to exclude our glorying; that we should be wholly and every way dependent on God, for the moral and natural good that belongs to salvation; and that we have all from the hand of God, by his power and grace. And certainly this is wholly inconsistent with the idea that our holiness is wholly from ourselves; and that we are interested in the benefits of Christ rather than others, is wholly of our own decision. And that such a universal dependence is what takes away occasion of taking glory to ourselves, and is a proper ground of an ascription of all the glory of the things belonging to man’s salvation to God, is manifest from Rom. xi. 35, 36. “Or who hath first given unto him, and it shall be recompensed to him again? For of him, and to him, and through him, are all things; to whom be glory for ever and ever.”
For me, this is the greatest of news. The Lord chooses to work through imperfect and not so talented people. After all, salvation is about the glory of God’s grace, not the works of good people. Maybe there is hope for all of us.