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CHOICES

April 9, 2014

Wednesday

 

1 Corinthians 1:27-28

but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,

 

EXAMPLE

Film maker Walt Disney was ruthless in cutting anything that got in the way of a story’s pacing. Ward Kimball, one of the animators for Snow White, recalls working 240 days on a 4 1/2 minute sequence in which the dwarfs made soup for Snow White and almost destroyed the kitchen in the process. Disney thought it was funny, but he decided the scene stopped the flow of the picture, so out it went. When the film of our lives is shown, will it be as great as it might be? A lot will depend on the multitude of “good” things we need to eliminate to make way for the great things God wants to do through us.

– Kenneth Langley

 

LESSON

Paul urged the Corinthians to survey their own congregation. From a human viewpoint wisdom, influence, and high breeding were in short supply. If God had chosen on the basis of this type of criteria, He would have passed by them. But when God called, He turned the world’s standards upside down and chose the ordinary rather than the outstanding in order that no one may boast before Him but only in the Lord.

God chooses people that no one would invite to a party. He includes those who would normally be excluded. He does this so that He can subvert, invert, and convert human values. He shames the wise, He shames the strong, and He “reduces to nothing” the things that are impressive to our world. Why does God do this? God chooses the despised so that no man or woman can boast before Him. God is a jealous God and will not share His glory with anyone.

 

Memory Verse: Deuteronomy 7:6

 

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