Biggest Losers

FLOWE, DANNY; (Staff)28Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the Biggest Losers.
No, I’m not talking about the TV show where people go to a ranch to starve and torture themselves to drop tremendous weight in an unhealthy length of time. I’m talking about the Biblical examples where God repeatedly chose the less-than-polished people to do his work. God picked a stutterer (Moses –also a murderer by the way), a wimp (Gideon), an alien (Ruth), a rebel (Jonah), a prostitute (Rahab), one who tortured Christians (Saul/Paul), and a guy who always seemed to open his mouth and swing his sword before thinking (Peter). The Bible is full of stories about people who were not, let’s say, outstanding in their field.
I have no doubt that there were better (or more qualified) candidates. I’m sure that there were men who were taller, darker, and more handsome. There were people who were better public speakers. There were women with better reputations. Why did God choose these weaklings? Why did God choose these losers?

Paul noticed God’s seemingly poor selections. In 1st Corinthians 1:25 Paul writes “Consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.” In other words; the Corinthians weren’t necessarily the cream of the crop; Paul continues, “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world… that no human being might boast.” (1 Corinthians 1:27- 29a, ESV).

I cannot count on one hand the number of times that I have stood in front of a group of people ready to worship and thought “Why me, God?” I know all of my weaknesses. I’m a sinner. I’m undeserving of His grace and mercy, much less of a position to lead others.

But, you see, God chooses the weak to bring glory to Himself. I am weak, but He is strong. I am only an amateur musician, but He will provide. I’m a sinner, but Christ is my Redeemer. Paul explains it best in the closing of the first chapter of Corinthians when he writes that Christ Jesus is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption to cover our ignorance, unrighteousness, and sinful nature. “So that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’” (1 Corinthians 1:31, ESV)
-Danny Flowe

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