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"For you 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 the
base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God
chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things
that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence." 1
For the most part, God is
bypassing the world's standards of greatness and calling the
ordinary of the human race to compose the "little
flock." How will this "bring to naught things that
are"? Down through history, man's wisdom has tried every
conceivable philosophy and political and/or economic ideology, but
man has failed to solve humanity's problems. Each page of history
is a record of man's inhumanity to man. The flaw is not so much
the ideology, but man's selfish heart. History confirms the
Biblical teaching that man is born in sin and "shapen in
iniquity" (Psalm 51:5). The twentieth century started with
great expectations. Through science and technology, utopia would
be attained! Alas, this century is closing in disillusionment.
Communism has failed.
Capitalism is on the verge of
bankruptcy. Unprecedented crime, vice, drugs and immorality are
the symptoms of a civilization self destructing. In the meantime,
the earth is becoming a wasteland of pollution. With over five
billion people thinking of self first, could it be otherwise?
Thus the Lord has "brought
to nought things that are." Human history has proven the
futility of man's efforts. "No flesh can glory in his [God's]
presence." No president, prime minister or statesman-or
anyone-can boast that he has the solution for all man's individual
or collective ills.
But there are a few who have
learned early not to trust in the arm of flesh for solutions.
Through faith in God's word they realize that only God's Kingdom
will completely solve man's ills. They have accepted Jesus as
their saviour and made a full consecration to do God's will. Their
calling is to be judges, priests and kings with Christ in God's
Kingdom. These Christians are not relieved of their share of the
tragedies common to man (1 Corinthians 10:13). Although many of
mankind become bitter or hardened by the tragedies of this life,
consecrated Christians have the peace of God which passeth all
understanding (Philippians 4:7). Their faith realizes that tragedy
provides the Lord an opportunity to develop in them a tender and
The loss of a loved one-husband,
wife, parent, child-can mentally scar. Physical tragedy such as
being crippled, blind or deaf can leave one a forgotten member of
the human family. Drug addicts, alcoholics, the mentally ill have
found that few can understand. Then there are the scars of mental
or physical abuse by a stranger or even a loved one. To those in
economic poverty, nothing could be worse. Then there is
loneliness. Some have experienced a darkness of loneliness that no
human hand could reach. To consecrated Christians these various
experiences provide a unique opportunity to patiently endure,
while the Spirit of God transforms them day by day into the
likeness of Christ (1 Peter 1:7; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
Foremost is the struggle of
subduing sinful flesh and its interests. These are the "fightings
within" (2 Corinthians 7:5; 10:4-6; Hebrews 12:4). The
Christian's struggle against his own fallen flesh gives him
compassion and understanding concerning the sin ingrained in the
hearts of men. A priest is one "Who can have compassion on
the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he
himself also is compassed with infirmity." Hebrews 5:2
Finally the church will be
united with Christ during his return and share the glory of his
Kingdom. Like him (1 John 3:2) they shall be compassionate
priests, understanding judges, and benevolent kings (Revelation
20:6; 1 Corinthians 6:2). As a composite they will fully
understand the sin sick, mentally warped, emotionally scarred,
physically marred world of mankind.
Why are you a Christian? If you
yearn to glorify God-serving Him by blessing all-God will
certainly grant you this deepest prayerful desire.