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.
1st Corinthians 1:27
It’s amazing to me that when you look at the history of revival you can see so many foolish and weak things used in mighty and powerful ways for the God! You know what some of these individuals looked like? A speech impaired plumber, a heroine addicted felon, a one-eyed African American, a humble shoe salesman. Nearly all of our Bible heroes are the same! Outcast and forgotten sons became Kings! Young, unqualified children became mighty prophets. Thieves and criminals became apostles. Murderers became writers of the Bible. A humble carpenter was revealed to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Talk about Upside-down! I hope seeing this gives you a sense of hope and expectation! If God could use such broken people to establish the foundation of His church, surely He can use us to build on it as well! A few things to remember:
In the Kingdom the Last will be First. Live humbly and serve diligently. You may feel like you’ve spent your life at the bottom of the totem pole, but if your faithful, God will lift you up! (Matt 19:30, Mar 9:35) In the Kingdom the Weak are Strong. In our weakness God’s strength is perfected. If you feel helpless and powerless in a situation remember, you are a perfect candidate for God’s strength and power to be released! (2 cor 12:9)
In the Kingdom Hidden things are Seen. Matthew 6 speaks of those who serve, who give, and who pray. We can do these things to be seen. Sound a trumpet before we pray, or make an public announcement before we give generously. But God said if we do these things in secret, pray in secret, give without anyone knowing, serve without self-promotion… God will reward us openly!
In the Kingdom You Lose to Gain. When you lose your own life, you gain the Life that God has for you. This is how The Lord can take a murderer, or adulterer, a demon-possessed individual, or a 5 time divorced fornicator, and use them for His glory! They give up their own life, and they Gain life in Christ Jesus! (matt 5:29, matt 16:26)
There is so much more that could be said. In the kingdom you die to live, the humble are exalted… the list goes on! Let’s pray and learn to rely more on what God’s word and promises are over our lives and now what our personal list of failures have been. May we trust more in God’s ability to redeem than our own power to fail.