I’m posting from the first letter to the Corinthians. We’ve been seeing that the message of the cross – Christ crucified – is a message of God’s power and wisdom for the church. It’s something that needs to be a greater part of our spiritual walk.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
1 Corinthians 1:25
Is God ever foolish or weak? Absolutely not! But it does appear that way sometimes. When Christ went to the cross, it did appear to be a weak and foolish move on His part. Of course, that was only until the resurrection, when the full wisdom and power of God was revealed.
It’s the same with us. Sometimes we feel like we have nothing to offer to God. We don’t have the strength, resources, or wisdom to do the work we’ve been called to do. But that’s okay, our limitations don’t affect God’s calling on us.
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.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
Paul is bringing this message to normal people, just like you and me. We have our weaknesses and struggles. But that puts us in a good place. We’re now candidates for a move of God’s power in us.
If you’re feeling unqualified to serve the Lord, then I have a message for you…
“God wants you strong in spirit.”
“It’s time to hear a Word from heaven.”
Right now, the church needs an influx of spiritual warriors – and this is where it starts. God is calling believers who feel like they don’t measure up. Maybe you look at your past and think that you have too much baggage.
Why would God ever want someone like that in ministry?
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The word trouble in this passage is actually the Greek word for pressure. Pressure qualifies us for ministry. When we can endure pressure, we can help others who are undergoing the same things.
Whatever you’re going through, God can and will bring restoration. Then, He’ll use the experiences that you’ve had, both good and bad, to help others.
That’s the wisdom and power of God. Jesus Christ went through the cross, the burial, and the resurrection. Sometimes you may feel like your life is over. All your plans are dead and buried. All that means is that you’re in a position to see the resurrection power of God manifest in your life.
Then, you can use what you’ve gone through to bring others into that place of power. You just have to walk by faith, trusting that God will complete His plan in you. Remember that it’s not about what you have to offer to God, but what He’s already done for you.
Question: What are some challenges that God has already given you the victory over?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi