God Called Them?? The Scandal of the Christians Messengers

The foolishness and weakness of the message of Christianity is couple with the foolishness and weakness of those God calls—at least by the culture’s standards.  By God using those whom the culture deems foolish, this not only brings glory to Him alone but amazes a world that God will do so much through so little!

26 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. 27 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; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

The messengers’ and the message are scandalous. Again, their message was offensive, foolish, and undignified—they did not talk publicly about crucifixion.

We are the called—the Christians are ones whom Christ has called! What do these Christians look like? The wise? The strong? The elite? Look at what He says:

Not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 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; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

While some were wise, powerful, and elite according to what the culture deems so, the vast majority of those God called to salvation are considered castoffs and no-accounts by the world. Just as a crucified Savior didn’t look like much, neither do many in the church look like much in the world. What the culture chases after, we do not, for we see it for what it is—passing away and destructive.

But in an amazing cosmic turn of events God will use the fools of the world to shame the world. And who will get the glory? God will in Christ Jesus. The wisdom that this world lines out, will be made into nothing, and the nothingness the world sees of our message will be made into something! Every part of the Christian message is seen as silly—from God creating out of nothing to God using a crucified Son to impart life! But this is how it is! Only God could keep His law (which Christ as God the Son accomplished for us), and a Man had to be sinless in order to stand in our place to take our sin (and Christ as the Son of Man accomplished this).

  • Do you believe you must be a mental specimen for God to use you?  Do you believe that because you have that degree, you are more than qualified to serve God because of our strength, wisdom, and the letters behind your name?  (“God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise… .”)
  • Or maybe you don’t have the degree—so do you believe God uses you because you’ve been to the School of Life, so to speak?  You may have wisdom, ‘common sense,’ a good know-how about how things work in this life—do you believe God called you because of your street smarts?  (“Not many of you were wise according to worldly standards… .”)
  • Do you believe you have to be a physical specimen for God to use you?  You may say, “I’m feeble, struggling with all sorts of physical issues.  I’m not up to it—God can’t use me.”  (“God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.”)
  • Do you believe God uses you because of your family heritage?  Do you believe that since you have an esteemed family line, even an esteemed family line in Christian and church circles, that of course He will use you.  (“ … not many were of noble birth…”)
  • Do you believe you need to adapt the gospel message of a Virgin-born, crucified, buried, risen, and ascended Christ who will return one day to judge the living and the dead—all because the culture may be offended by such a notion?  (“God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are.”)

Yes, we messengers know what we are up against—but we also know Who is for us.  And He will receive the glory. 

Be encouraged, church!  The world tells us we are silly, foolish, weak, and to stay on the sidelines.  Yet we know that God has called us for such a time as this, regardless of what those around us say.  He will use us for great things for His glory and the good of all who listen to the message of the cross.

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