1Corinthians 1:26-27 (NIV)
Brothers and sisters 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.
When I was in Bible College, I had a friend that had difficulty putting his thoughts on paper and therefore his marks in courses were on the lower side of good. In an unofficial poll this student’s future as a pastor in the eyes of the professors was also on the lower side of good. That same poll among the students was that this student would be one of the best to be a pastor. The difference was that we, the students, saw his heart and passion. We knew that he loved Jesus and he loved people and he would do whatever he could to bring people to Jesus. The professors unfortunately only saw what was written on paper.
I believe that all of us are somewhat like the professors at the college. We always want to look for the best. If given the choice, we almost always choose the most, the best, the brightest, the strongest, the most attractive. It is part of our fallen and sinful nature that always wants the best of everything for ourselves and the people we love. Our culture in the developed west also pushes us in the same direction. Our thinking is worldly, not Godly even when we try to think differently than the world.
How different we are from our holy and perfect God! Paul tells us that God is just the opposite. When it comes to God choosing things in this world—especially people—he chooses the opposite of what we would naturally choose. “God chose the foolish things of the world,” Paul declares. “God chose the weak things of the world.”
God looks to the heart of people not their appearance or their credentials. Remember when David was chosen as king. Samuel was sent to anoint God’s chosen one for king of Israel. 1Sam. 16:7 the lord says to Samuel, “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Be sure you know who you chose.
Jesus, help me to see and understand the wisdom and power of your choices. Amen.