We live in a social media world; people often post about their life at its greatest moments, the seemingly perfect family, or the dream vacation that we couldn’t afford. It is easy to feel like we don’t measure up.
I remember as a kid when I ran I felt like I was bound for the Olympics. This perception came crashing down when I actually ran next to someone, and I then realized Usain Bolt I am not. One thing that I love about Christianity is that I don’t have to measure up. Jesus did not save me because I am awesome, or that he needed me on his team. This brings me great peace.
1 Corinthians 1:26-28 (NIV): “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.”
I love this verse, because I don’t have to pretend to be great in hopes that God will love me. God knew that I wasn’t the wisest, or the fastest or the strongest, he simply chose to love me and to use me. In fact, Paul says that God used the foolish things. If that makes me foolish, then fantastic.
There is a well-known story in the Old Testament where God is calling Moses to lead his people. Moses has a lot of excuses, I mean reasons, why he doesn’t think that he is the right guy. Moses explains to God that he never in the past or present had been eloquent of speech; he reminds God that he is often slow of speech and tongue.
I can relate with Moses. In fact, some days I can’t believe that I get to speak and preach in front of people. As a child, I was terribly difficult to understand and was in speech therapy until high school. And yet I have come to see how God often works through our weaknesses to demonstrate his power and authority over all things.
I think if we are not careful we can do the same thing as Moses. We can explain to God how we aren’t worthy to be forgiven, or how we aren’t gifted enough to make an impact for his Glory. We can explain to God how our weakness prevents us from being used by him. I think we can miss much of what God has for us by telling him about our weaknesses.
So let us surrender our pride and arrogance and rejoice in the fact that God uses the foolish things of this world, and smile knowing that is us.