26 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.
The background behind this verse was to remind the Corinthians they needed to renew their minds (Rom. 12:2). They were trying to live their Christian lives based on unsanctified common sense which has self-preservation as its ultimate goal. This kind of life is self-seeking, self-serving, and ultimately self-destructive (Luke 9:24–25). Paul knew that the message of the cross-cuts to the heart of self-centeredness – the very thing the Corinthians thought their salvation rests on. Paul expounded his argument by stating it’s not human wisdom, influence or a high social status that rendered one saved. Instead, it’s the work on the cross and not their abilities – which were a gift from God. So, the very thing they were boasting in was not even theirs to boast about.
This is a good reminder that God doesn’t view or look at people, situations or circumstances like the world does. He operates on a different economy so that even those who are considered as ‘nothing’ in the eyes of the world, have the opportunity to be called sons and daughters of the Most High.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for the nation of China. Pray for China’s leaders and for all those who are in authority. May they call on God for the wisdom to lead this country.