Sermonette for Saturday

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 1 Corinthians, 1:26

I realize that there needs to be advertising on the Internet, but some of the ads are a real nuisance, although the popup blocker gets rid of the worst of them. The ones that are the most irritating are the ones that seem to be everywhere and follow a specific theme, such as the ones that challenge you to beat the IQ of some famous person. I haven’t tried any of those challenges, and I don’t really care whether George Bush is smarter than me. But these ads do point out the fact that people like to think of themselves as a bit more intellectual than the next person. Today’s text reminds us that God didn’t save us because we were any smarter than anybody else. In fact, just the opposite may well be true.

Pride is one of the greatest of sins. It was pride that had Lucifer cast out of Heaven, and our first parents out of Eden. It was pride that kept us in our sins while the Holy Spirit strove with us to bring us to repentance. It is pride that interferes with our submission to the Saviour’s will in our lives. God can make no use of the pride that we struggle with and that Satan encourages. Today’s text reminds us once again that our Salvation is neither of ourselves or because of ourselves.

We don’t like to think of ourselves as foolish, but the next verse tells us that God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and the weak and base things of the world to confound the world. Let us willingly take our place today among those that God can use, not because of our smarts, but because of our submission. -Jim MacIntosh

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