How is it that some believers cannot fully grasp Christ’s love for them? Many of us have lived lives of feeling condemned, not up to standard, and have had these things even said about us! It’s hard to break the habit of a lifetime of believing that we’re no good. But when Christ breaks into our lives, He sets things straight. Isn’t it written that He takes the despised things of this world to show the so-called ‘wise’ what He can do with us? Weak, base, despised are three words used to describe those who become suddenly useful to Him. Let’s have a few verses from 1 Corinthians, chapter one. We’ll begin at verse 20.
20: Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21: For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
22: For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;
23: but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness.
24: But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25: Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26: For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called.
27: But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
28: and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
29: that no flesh should glory in His presence.
30: But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-
31: that, as it is written, He who glories, let him glory in the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:24).
There are two kinds of wisdom. We have some great minds in our countries. Some are amazing mathematicians, some are scientists, others invent amazing things and on and on. All of it is considered to be foolish as far as God is concerned. And those same minds consider that us weak people who believe in a Supernatural Being are the foolish ones and fit for nothing but to be ignored at best, persecuted and possibly killed at worst. How little they understand that one Day, they will ALL be forced to worship Him. But that’s another story!
How about this? Galatians 1:3-5.
3: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,
4: who gave Himself for our sins that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
5: to whom be glory forever and ever, Amen.
Foolish, base, weak, even weak minded! Still feel that way? Here’s confirmation of what you really need to know. Not just know, but this has to sink down into your heart and stay there. It’s coming from Ephesians 5:25-27.
25: Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it,
26: that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27: that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Now read those words from both above passages imagining that it’s God speaking to you. The fact is, that’s the truth. We each receive grace and peace from God our Father and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Unmerited favour and God’s peace which the world cannot give are yours to keep. He gave Himself for your sins that He might deliver you from them all and from this present evil age. Since you are to keep yourself unspotted from the world; by believing that He has delivered you, you see the Scriptures being fulfilled in your own life. You should be giving thanks by now! Here’s some more…
Giving thanks means just that. Being thankful that God has loved you so much that He sent His only begotten beloved Son to die in your place that you may never have to see God’s wrath. (John 3:16)! By now, there should be a look of awe on your face! Here’s some more…
Again, we see that Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. This is my body, broken for you. This is my blood, poured out FOR YOU. (See 1 Corinthians 11:24-25). What are your thoughts now?
He cares enough for you, you who think you’re nothing but weak, base and worthless, to sanctify, cleanse and wash you clean from all filthiness. That’s an awful lot more than the washing of feet which He did for His early disciples. He will present you as part of His church, (which you are), to the Father. Here I am and the children whom You have given me, (Isaiah8:18) He will say to our Father when He comes back to get us to take us home.
So what’s this gloom about worthlessness? Don’t you think you ought to have a rethink? It’s unworthy of us all to sit and think we’re worthless and useless when God has given SO MUCH so that we can live with Him forever.