Tuesday, 08 January 2013
Brothers and sisters, 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. God 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 the one who boasts boast in the Lord."
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
God improves us. With him, we are ‘better’ than the normal person.
For example, a stone will have gold inside it, and another will be composed of the average sediment. The one with gold -- even though the stones might look the same on the outside -- will be far more valuable to our standards than the other stone.
Although we are all equal, God only has those in heaven with him who deserve it. Those who deserve it are those who accepted Christ into their hearts, or, to go back to my example, those who have allowed gold to fill the inside.
God changes us and makes us better. We were once that invaluable stone, but once we have Christ in us, we are worth much more. We were once foolish, but now have wisdom. We were once scared, but now courageous. With Christ we are more. But that does not give is the right to be cocky about it.
Cockiness brings glory to ourselves, where really, we did not change us. God did. We just opened our hearts and allowed him in. “Boast in the Lord,” not in who we are. We would be nothing without him. We are forever changed by his love and grace.
With God, we have something worth much more than anything we could ever find in this world -- inside us, always with us, always pushing us, and always strengthening us.
How has allowing God into your life changed who you are? What does it mean to have Christ in you, and how does someone receive Christ?