Rough Into Smooth
Beloved Saints of God
1 Corinthians 1:26 says, “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.”
In our last exhortation, we saw how a painter can purchase a piece of canvas at $10.00, splash some paints on it and voila, make it worth millions of dollars. Or how an artist can purchase a piece of .25 cent paper (ok, with all this much talked about inflation, let us quadruple the amount to $1.00), then scribble a wriggle on it and equally make it worth millions of dollars. And we know that an athlete or any other person playing sports can scrawl a couple of letters on a sports item like a jersey, ball, bat even a cap and whoa! It is worth millions. Similarly, a musician can imprint his autograph on an old instrument and immediately it turns into a gem and becomes worth millions.
Look at what someone put together:
- Longfellow could take a worthless sheet of paper, write a poem on it, and make it worth $6,000—that’s genius.
- Rockefeller could sign his name to a piece of paper and make it worth a million dollars—that’s capital.
- Uncle Sam can take gold, stamp an eagle on it, and make it worth $20.00—that’s money.
- A mechanic can take material that is worth only $5.00 and make it worth $50.00—that’s skill.
- An artist can take a fifty-cent piece of canvas, paint a picture on it, and make it worth $1,000—that’s art.
But the following is unsurpassed, unbeatable; it is in a league all its own. Just look at what someone wrote about what God can do: God can take a useless, worthless, sinful life, dip it in the blood of Jesus Christ, put His Spirit in and all over it, and make it a blessing to humanity; that’s salvation.
Isn’t that something? Salvation! Who can do what Jesus does for people like you and me? That, Jesus Christ can take a worthless, sinful person and make him or her a sanctified soul! He won’t force you to follow Him. He won’t force you to believe in Him. He will just make you sanctified if you are willing and accept Him as your Lord and Saviour.
Our previous exhortation touched on “superstars” (whatever that means) and “celebrity-ism” so that even the church has its own “celebrities” and its own “superstars”. As I type now, there are so-called celebrity preachers (whatever that means) and there are superstar singers (whatever that means)! My, my, my!
Isn’t that foolish? What does the Bible say about our gifts and talents? Did you stop to ask yourself who made these people and gave them the talents that they have? Look at what Exodus 36:2 says: And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work.
So the verse says what? “…in whose mind the Lord had put skill.” And what about Exodus 28:3, which says You shall speak to all the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill, that they make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him for my priesthood.
Sure, there are those who seem to have more than ordinary skills but we all require a peculiar gift from God. According to our opening scripture, God doesn’t take the majority of His workers from the ranks of the wise, mighty or noble. In fact 1 Corinthians 1 continues in v.27 thus: “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.”
Proposed prayer: Dear Lord, no matter how weak or weary, feeble, or powerless, faint or deflated I am, You can use me to Your glory. Please use me because when Your strength is made perfect in weakness, I am strong. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.