Who is God calling? (1 Corinthians 1:26) – Your Daily Bible Verse – August 9


Who is God calling? (1 Corinthians 1:26)
By: Lynette Kittle

Today’s Bible Verse: “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Few of you were wise by human standards; few were influential; few were of noble birth” (1 Corinthians 1:26).

Here’s a question I’ve been considering lately: Have we forgotten the kinds of people God calls and reveals His power in and through? Does it seem that many of us look to the cultural norms around us to decide who is qualified for spiritual leadership?

The world around us believes more in degrees, in prestigious titles and awards, and in those that appear polite and cultured. They are quick to disqualify or overlook those who lack certain bells and whistles.

For those who don’t fit the standards of global importance, it can make them feel like they don’t quite measure up. But be encouraged because God loves to call those who are deemed unqualified, underappreciated and neglected by people to do his will. Often, God calls the weary, the exhausted and even out to move on earth.

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How God Chooses

It seems more and more that believers are adopting the standards of the world within the Church. But God sees beyond appearances and outward achievements. He cares much more about the state of our hearts than the degrees hanging on our walls.

1 Samuel 16:7 explains how people look at the outward appearance of men and women, but God looks at the heart.

How many times have you heard individuals criticize, perhaps even mock or laugh at departments or individuals who do not use the highest technology or present themselves in the most polished way when presenting the Gospel?

Some believe that God only works through cultured and refined people. 1 Corinthians 1:27 gives us another standard of evaluation: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the strong.

People who criticize those whom God calls measure their efforts on worldly standards instead of God’s vision to spread His truth. 1 Corinthians 1:28 goes on to explain how it works. “God has chosen the lowly things of this world and the things despised – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one can boast before Him.”

Think of John the Baptist (Matthew 3:4) – Elijah (1 Kings 17:5-6), Zacchaeus (Luke 19:2) and other unlikely individuals described in the Bible. They didn’t fit an influencer’s vision of society, and yet God chose to reveal himself through them.

God give us strength

God doesn’t want us to brag about how many degrees we have, what technology we use, or how smart we look. Rather, as 1 Corinthians 1:31 tells us, “Therefore, as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.'”

God chooses to work through our weaknesses, so those who see and hear us know that the power demonstrated through us comes from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7, explains, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-passing power comes from God and not from us.”

Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, iBelieve.com, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, Startmarriageright.com, growthtrac.com, and more. She holds a Masters in Communication from Regent University and is an Associate Producer for Soul Check TV.

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