"For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world, and the things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and the things which are not, to bring to nought the things that are: that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." (I Corinthians 1:26-31)

God has chosen to use the foolish, weak, base, and despised things of this world to bring about His own purpose and glory. And yet, how often do we as believers, following the course of this world, seek to offer to God what He does not want? We seek to offer Him something impressive, something mighty, something lofty, something noble, and something BIG.

Our dreams are to give God something worthy of His greatness. But in doing so, we undermine His very purpose. Sincere as our motives may be, they are human — not divine. We have missed the divine viewpoint, and seek to elevate our own wisdom, strength, and ingenuity above His. We are like Cain, bringing God an offering of our own choosing. Offering God something from our own hands.

The world looks for greatness, prestige, prominence, honor, and reputation. But we must abandon our earthly perspectives and recognize that God looks for foolish, weak, base, and despised things. We can ultimately rejoice in this, because we have exactly what God is looking for! And as we submit to this divine plan we can be used to give God what He wants, and in the process bring Him, and Him alone, glory!

Let's give up our large and noble ambitions!

Let's stop offering God what He does not want!

Think on these things.

Clyde Pilkington

Gladstone, VA

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