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Humbled by Choice (4 of 36)
Series: Saints Gone Wild
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
This is a busy time for our high school seniors. Many of them are applying to different colleges and universities. This can be a very competitive process. Consequently, we tell our young people that before they apply to a particular school, they need to find out what the admissions committee is looking for when they evaluate prospective students. Is it grades? Test scores? Personal references? Work experience? Extracurricular activities? Creative ability? All of the above? Whatever it is, you'd better know what it is and you'd better make sure you've got what they want before you turn in your application.
What sort of people does God look for when He gets ready to populate heaven? If heaven has an admissions committee, what qualifications do committee members look for? God's admission committee is different than any other that we have ever considered, for God's thoughts are not like our thoughts, nor are His ways like our ways (Isa 55:8). What types of people does God choose for His family? God chooses those that have nothing to brag about. In 1 Cor 1:26-31, Paul is going to pull the rug out from underneath us and turn our thinking upside down. First, he is going to tell us that…
1. God's choice eliminates self-esteem (1:26-29). In 1:26 Paul writes, "For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble." Paul begins by taking the Corinthians back to their spiritual roots. He reminds them of who they were not when God saved them. The word "consider" is the first imperative in this book. Thus, this is a key verse. Paul commands the Corinthians to consider or contemplate their calling. The word "calling" refers to their position in the world when they first believed in Christ. This issue of calling is important to Paul (cf. 1:1, 2, 9, 24). He believes that in order to become a Christian you mus ...
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