Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards... But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise. (1 Corinthians 1:26-27 NRSV)

Kevin's father smiled when Kevin knocked on the bedroom door early one morning and said, "Today's Nerd Day at school, Pop. Can I borrow some of your clothes?"

Our clothes may make us look silly, but they cannot cause us to do really silly things. Pride can cause us to do sad things - like divide a community. Paul proclaimed that the power of the cross of Christ leads people to God - not human wisdom. None of us can boast in God's eyes, says Paul. We are all sinners saved by grace. "For since in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom," he writes, "God decided through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe." Paul is dealing with the root cause of division in our faith community, pride.

Notice, however, he deals not with their sense of pride, but with their sense of inadequacy and weakness. If there is anything more deadly than pride, it is the feeling that we don't count. "Consider your own call," he says to them, "not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth." By the world's measure of success the Corinthian congregation was not a promising lot. But God saw what the world could not see. Have you ever noticed that some rather ordinary people sometimes achieve extraordinary success? We may be ordinary, but God has a plan for us.

Dear God, teach me each day the plan you have for my life. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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