Reflection April 13
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. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 1:25-31
As a college student, I find myself constantly questioning my self-worth and usefulness, especially in my major classes where many of my peers continue to succeed, while I still fear my abilities will never measure up. As I have become more acquainted with anxiety, the reassurance of this verse is comforting. God does not want our perfection (for it simple does not exist), he wants our lowliness and weakness. He uplifts us when we call out to him. We have found redemption in him for the simple fact that he is God. And what an amazing mystery that is!
The words that hit me the hardest in this passage are of verse 28: “God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are…” How lovely is that? The “bad” things surrounding our complex identities can and will be transformed by the Lord for his glory.