Thursday, December 18, 2014

Keeping it Simple - December 18, 2014

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (New Living Translation)
26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”

He could have chosen a royal family, a queen and a king. He could have picked and important and elite Jewish family, with a rabbi or a priest. Or, He could have just descended from the heavens for the whole world to see. There could have been many ways for God to step into the world and the affairs of mankind, other than the way He chose.

A simple peasant girl, promised to a simple village carpenter, living in a small Judean town, going about simple lives, these were the circumstances God chose in which to bring His Son and change the world forever. He would choose the simple through which to do something supernatural and bring about the extraordinary.

Even today God's ways have not changed. He still chooses the simple in which to do something supernatural. He chooses us, and because He has, we can become extraordinary. This Christmas be empowered by the Holy Spirit and do something extraordinary in someone's life, who may be in need of the supernatural.

Le Nain, Antoine and Louis (d.1648) & Mathieu (1607-77) Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / The Bridgeman Art Library

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