“Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
The Corinthians had a tendency to be puffed up with pride. There is no room in God’s grace for pride. God is not impressed with our looks, our social position, our achievement, our natural heritage or our financial status. God called people not because of what they were, but in spite of what they were. The Corinthians church was composed primarily of people who were terrible sinners. Before Paul’s conversion, he was very self-righteous, he gave up his religion in order to go to heaven. The Corinthians was on the other end of the spectrum, and yet they were not too sinful for God to reach them and save them.
God chose the foolish, the weak, and the despised to show the proud world their need for God’s grace. I am one of those weak ones that God chose and as I have said before, I don’t understand why He chose me. The message and miracle of God’s grace in Jesus Christ utterly confounds the high and mighty people of the world. The wise of this world cannot understand how God changes sinners into saints, and the mighty of this world are helpless to duplicate the miracle of God.
Why does God use the foolish of the world to confound the wise? It is so that God will get the glory and not the person. This was one of the problems with the Corinthian church. They were giving men more honor than they were giving God. “But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 9:24)