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“Brothers, consider the time of your calling: Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were powerful; 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 and despised things of the world, and the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast in His presence. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:26-30
“I’ve got good news for you:
If you think your are foolish,
If you are ignorant,
If you are weak
If you are despised,
If you think you need to learn,
If you think you think the world doesn’t think much of you,
Then you are probably the people I am looking for, you are honest about who you are, and you will make an amazing follower.
These are the credentials for following Christ. Not titles or the letters after a name, not who you might be related to, not any intellectual capabilities, not a position in the community, but who we really are; the ones whom the worlds system of thought would think foolish, unworthy, simple, unsophisticated. God chooses in order to confound those who think themselves wise.” – Rusty Ricketson
Last being first. Servants become masters. Humble elevated while the proud are brought low. Being a servant and follower in the Christian world view is the greatest compliment you can have. Falling behind the mission and not looking for credit or sway is where the real leaders are born. Whether they ever get a title or a position, these are the people that really lead others to follow Jesus. Your name may never be in lights, you may never be hoisted on people’s shoulders and paraded around town, but a humble follower is a hero in God’s book. In His economy servants become masters. In a world driven by self-promotion, Jesus modeled something different for us. Follow Jesus where you are. Do your best. Don’t search for a title or credit. Use the gifts he has given you for his glory. Be a follower.