A Look in the Mirror

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 Corinthians 1:26-31

Paul sums up his point in these verses. Let’s not forget that he is actually talking about division in the church, and he’s making the general point that training, education power and social position amount to little or nothing in God’s eyes and shouldn’t be all that important in the church; certainly, they should never be allowed to bring about the fragmentation of the Body of Christ.

It should be recognized here that from an earthly point of view, Paul’s teaching is nothing if not counter-intuitive for us. Of course, that is precisely Paul’s point.: God’s ways are not our ways.

It is for us to remember that where we are weak, God is strong. Things may seem impossible to us, but with God, all things are possible.  Does this all sound too simple, foolish… even childish? Maybe it is. Yet didn’t Jesus say that unless we become like little children we couldn’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to A Look in the Mirror

  1. Sadah says:

    This is nice.

  2. Sue Love says:

    God doesn’t choose as the world or as humans choose, even as Christian humans choose. He is not impressed with appearance. He looks at the heart, which he created for his purposes. He often chooses the rejected, the dejected, the despised of this world, the lonely, the afflicted, and those who have been castaways, and he raises them up for his purposes and for his glory so that he is the one who gets the credit and the glory and all the praise. Amen!

  3. DWMartens says:

    “Paul’s point.: God’s ways are not our ways.” I suspect that as you wrote this, you had Isaiah 55:8-9 in mind, as well as the verses at hand.

  4. I wondered why the title “look in the mirror” Then read the article and my mind saw the comparison of what we see and the reverse image of ourselves when we look in a mirror.
    Whereas we never really see ourselves, but that image allows vanity and pride to creep in
    Not even our loved ones know all we are and can be, never knowing all our secrets
    God is the only one who sees our true self, for He sees into our hearts and hears our thoughts

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