1 Corinthians 1:27-31, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.  But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.'”

In the Bible, there are plenty of stories of men and women who were for God and against God.  When looking at some of the most faithful of God’s followers, they were not always the most intelligent people of the day, they were not always the strongest people of the day and they were not always the most loved people of the day.  God has a purpose and a plan.  He has a way to do His plan.  His way.

Of all the people to choose, God choses the people who are seemingly weak, foolish and unloved to spread His message.  This is not always the case, of course, but time and time again.  God calls on people with speech issues (Moses), trust issues (Thomas, one of the 12 disciples), anger issues (Samson), lust issues (David), and Paul (a former persecutor of Christians).  God does not need a perfect person, as there aren’t any.  God can take anyone and make them great.  Not because of the people, but because of God.

Jesus is everything to make up where we lack: wisdom to our foolishness and strength to our weakness.  Jesus Himself was despised by the world.  Jesus still loves the world with all that He is.  This is all so that we can be saved from sin and a spiritual death.  It is all because of Jesus.  Not of anything by us.  Not because we earned it.  Not because we are perfect.  Not because we are wise enough to find salvation.  Because God cares for His creation.

Soli Deo Gloria is a Latin phrase that means Glory to God alone and sums up who should receive the credit for our salvation.  Salvation came only from Jesus’s death on the cross and it was not free.  It required death to cancel out all sin.  Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice to end all sacrifices.  He deserves all the credit.  He deserves all the honor.  He deserves all the glory.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You that use people like me.  I gladly proclaim Your name as I talk to the world.  Your name is all glory and all honor.  You created us.  You cared for us.  You nurtured us.  You sent Your Son to die for us.  All because we are weak and helpless and can’t save ourselves.  Only Your Son saved humankind so that no other man could take the credit.  Thank You for all that You do for us.  Help us to love You more.  Help us to declare “Soli Deo Gloria.”  Glory to You alone.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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