Saturday, September 5, 2009

Devotional of the Week September 6-12

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

26For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord

Have you ever noticed and wondered why there are not more famous people practicing the Christian faith? It would seem logical that people who are especially gifted and talented, and who have been blessed financially in all the good things on earth, would be the first to give their lives in honor and service to God, but this however is far from being the case. As a general rule, people who are highly gifted tend not to make a public show of faith, and even if they are believers, concerns about their public image usually take center stage.

God is wise in not letting the rich and famous dominate in the spread of His gospel. People have a tendency to worship celebrities, and having famous people promote the gospel would prove to be a source of distraction from the gospel. God instead chooses humble people of low worldly esteem to promote His gospel. Such people are more concerned about bringing honor and glory to God than to themselves. Yes, some of us get famous by virtue of giving glory to God as our life work, but the glory we get is not of the selfish kind where self is elevated above God, but the glory we receive is given to us by God Himself.

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