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2004-07-08_1925_1_fromjoewatson

This is the third and last installment in a series of articles in which we are endeavoring to consider the amazing Christian God and how He chooses those who are weak. His stunning choices are in direct contradistinction to how we think, which is that we should be strong, influential and “noticed” in order to get the big things done  and be “effective” in ministry.

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2004-07-08_1925_1_fromjoewatsonIs it surprising that God chooses people who are foolish, weak, and worthless? Does the Lord know what He’s doing? Silly question, I know. Yes, He does, because in comparison to what He does by His incomparable power, everything we do is foolish, ineffective, insignificant, and worthless. The problem is that we tend to think otherwise. We work hard and plan. We build effective organizations. We have influence. We make our name known in order to increase that effectiveness and influence. We prove we’re making a difference in the world by virtue of our advertised metrics. However, our amazing God is not necessarily looking for hard work, human planning, impressive organizations and influence in order to accomplish His irrational and powerful purpose. He’s looking for people who are foolish, weak and despised. Otherwise, He wouldn’t have selected the least of all people, the Jews, as His chosen people and nation. He wouldn’t have come as a totally helpless baby to a poor couple in an obscure place called Bethlehem, in a little-known, weak nation that had been conquered by a very powerful one. He wouldn’t have chosen only twelve, very fallible men to establish His Church. He wouldn’t have departed into heaven after He rose from the dead and left “only” His Holy Spirit to help and guide His followers, with no organizational plan whatsoever.

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2004-07-08_1925_1_fromjoewatson

Throughout the narrative of the Bible, God makes choices about people whom He chooses to serve Him, and He selects those individuals according to the counsel of His own will (Ephesians 1:11; Hebrews 2:2-4). In addition to God’s sovereignty, wisdom, power, and all of His other amazing attributes, He is to our astonishment, low and humble in the core of His being. So, knowing this about Him, what is His will, what is His counsel about those through whom He might choose to participate in His work in the world? Paul gave the Corinthians the answer to that question in First Corinthians 1:27-29: God chooses people who are foolish, weak, low, despised, and are nothing.

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