Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
That no flesh should glory in his presence.
– 1 Corinthians 1:20-29
It is easy to find excuses for not doing as much as we should in reaching out for souls and getting them established in the kingdom of God. Whatever the excuses you may have, those that did exploits in the past and those that are doing so presently all had their challenges which could have formed formidable excuses, but they had to overcome them.
Is your excuse that you are weak, feeble and without resources? Here is a word of inspiration from James Hudson Taylor. “God uses men and women who are weak enough to lean on Him.” This view is reinforced in our reading passage today, “God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” (1 Cor. 1:27). God is not looking for mighty men of means and stature to engage into His service. Instead, He is looking for just anyone – big or small; strong or weak – who will be sufficiently emptied of self to rely on Him for the supply of strength and means.
Clarence W. Jones adds another angle to this discourse. He says, “The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities there are for God to do something.”
The call to take the good news to all the ends of the world is a universal call to all believers. As Carl F. H. Henry said, “The gospel is only good news if it gets there on time.” There is no excusable excuse for not getting involved in the execution of the Great Commission. The Lord had you and me in mind when He said, “Go Ye.”
- Repent for the excuses you give for not winning souls.
- Pray for a fresh baptism of fire that will quicken you, your household and your church members to go for lost souls.
- Pray for redirection of focus of believers worldwide.
CONFESSION: From heaven, My Lord came to save me. I will go to the ends of the earth to find and reconcile the lost.