1 Cor. 1:26 "Brothers, 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. 27 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. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."I still have a hard time understanding why God, who is inifinitely wise and powerful, would have chosen me in Christ before the foundations of the world. When I first met Jesus Christ as lord and savior, I was clearly not the type of person that most people would go out of their way to invite to church. Thankfully, some really prayerful and obedient Christians did just that. They invited me to hang out, to Bible study, and eventually to church. When I think of what I was by the world's standards, I was incredibly insignificant and ineffective. Compared with what I have been given in Christ since 1996 when I was saved, I can't help but be totally amazed. Therefore, today, I am offering up everything in my life that I am immensely grateful for -- there is SO much! -- to the Lord and boasting in His unmerited grace toward an undeserving sinner such as I was. Praise God for His glorious justification, adoption and sanctification to us!
Now, I'm out to do some much needed yard work!