God Chose

“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.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-30)

INTRODUCTION

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” (John 15;16)

(1) THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE GOD CHOSE

“Many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” (Revelation 7:9)

(2) THE KIND OF PEOPLE GOD CHOSE

The majority were foolish (not wise according to the world’s standards), weak (not influential, especially in political and economic terms, viz., the poor and powerless), and lowly and despised (not of noble birth, insignificant, common, ordinary, unimpressive, and even social outcasts).

(3) HOW GOD CHOSE THEM (By Grace!)

Matthew 11:25–26

[25] At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; [26] yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. (ESV)

“[God] saved us and called us to a holy calling not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” (2 Timothy 1:9)

(4) WHY GOD CHOSE THEM

“So that no one may boast before him!”

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” (Ephesians 1:4-6)

APPLICATION:

(A) Be Thankful

“I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 1:12-14)

(B) Be Humble

“For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)

(c) Be impartial

“My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory… Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him.”

Lord, help us to be thankful, humble, and impartial, because if ever you have chosen us to be yours it is all due to your sovereign grace and mercy. Amen.

(Devotional given to the Ikthus East Men last March 23, 2019)

Author: attycortes

Filipino lawyer, preacher, composer.

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