VITAL SIGNS: Unity is founded in the message of the Cross | 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 | Devotional
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Brothers, 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. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-- and the things that are not-- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
When the Brett Favre soap opera was going on during the NFL off-season, the New York Jets were anxiously waiting in wings. You will remember that Farvre, the future Hall of Fame quarterback, retired, unretired, retired, and then unretired again. When Green Bay, the team of Favre’s brilliant career, finally decided that he was not in their future plans, the Jets had his number punched in and only needed to hit the “call” button. It seems they made a good call. In the first game of the season, Favre led the Jets to victory over the Miami Dolphins, connecting on 15 of 22 passes for 194 yards and two TD’s. The Jets needed an impact player and they got one in Favre.
But God doesn’t need impact players. Look at his draft picks and off-season acquisitions in today’s passage. “Not…wise by human standards,” “not…influential,” “not…of noble birth.” Sounds like the core for a great team, doesn’t it? Check out His play book. He chose “the foolish things of the world,” “the weak things of the world,” “the lowly things of the world.” Why? “So that no one may boast before Him.”
On God’s team there is only one “impact” player. It is Jesus alone who can and does provide “our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” He calls those who are dead in their sins and makes them alive in Jesus. Our one and only boast is “in the Lord”.
Father, remind us who we were and where we were before you called us to yourself. Remind us that in and of ourselves we are absolutely nothing. Anything that we accomplish in this life is in you, through you, and by you. Remind us that the only impact player is Jesus. Keep us in His huddle. May He alone be the play-caller in our lives. In His Name, Amen.