Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015 “God’s Game Plan”

“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: 26-29)

Good Morning Everyone, and a Blessed New Day to all of you!

In my younger days, it was not at all uncommon to find me recreating at our town’s recreational center…a nice park with picnic tables, swings, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, and ball fields. Many a summer’s day or evening was a time for the kids in town to gather for a pick-up game of baseball. Usually, when sides were chosen for these contests, two of the bigger kids were designated as “captains” and provided the opportunity to choose those who would be on their team. First dibs went to the one who successfully maneuvered his way to the top of a baseball bat with his hands in a fashion I find difficult to describe… (sorry, you’d have to see it or have done it to fully understand).  The captains would then proceed to pick their teammates in turn from the gathering of potential talent before them (a.k.a. “the rest of the gang”). Captains usually picked those they adjudged to be the most skilled or their good friends. As an aside…I was usually near the end of the pecking order and played right field.

This brings me to the analogy I’d like to draw with today’s scripture from 1 Corinthians and God’s method of choosing those for his “team.” Unlike those captains from childhood, God does not choose those whom he desires for his purposes based on their skill sets. In fact, he quite often seems to do the exact opposite, for the most part choosing those that in the world’s eyes were foolish, weak, lowly…even despised…regarded as of little consequence or value. Instead of choosing the powerful, the influential, the mighty, and the highly respected, God chose shepherds and fishermen…tax collectors and rebels…outcasts and sinners to be on his team. Why would he do this? Paul says he did this “to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”  I have watched many victorious teams…college and football champions, world series winners, that revel in their successes, boasting of their prowess and their successes. God’s chosen team derives its joy in its Captain, understanding that its success redounds to His glory, for it is He that deserves all the credit and all the glory. As Paul said in 2nd Corinthians 10:17,  “HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.”  Do not be discouraged when you see yourself as being weak, ineffective, or of little consequence. These qualities fit very nicely into God’s game plan. Let’s pray!

Lord of Heaven and Earth; May all my earthly pride be cast aside that in all things, You may be glorified. This I pray in Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen!

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