Thursday, May 20, 2010

Legend in My Own Mind Project

As a Christian living in the US, I can sometimes overdose on being an AmeriCAN! I CAN do all things (and forget the "in Christ" part).

The problem with this is that it leads me to boast or brag in what I did.

Oh, I cloak it in religious platitudes. "Isn't it amazing what the Lord did through me!" While those words are often spoken by others sincerely and with no pride, I often use and abuse it to point to 'This guy'.

God opposes that. (1 Peter 5:5)

God had to remind me that he actually likes to use people who the world things little of. 
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 notto 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 him who boasts boast in the Lord." -Paul, 1 Corinthians 1:27-31
In other words, God is using those he's redeemed in Christ--those the world sees as foolish, weak, lowly, despised and nothing--to shame and nullify those in the world who think they are wise, strong and all that.

Then those who God has just moved mightily through can brag all they want...in Him.

Kind of puts a kink in my Legend-in-my-own-mind Project.