WHAT DOES LIGHT DO TO DARKNESS?
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
26 You want evidence? Think about when you were called, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many powerful, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the stupid things of the world to embarrass the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to embarrass the things which are strong, 28 and the insignificant things of the world and the ignored, God has chosen, the things that are not, that He might replace the things that are, 29 so that every human being would never be able to brag before God. 30 But by His doing you Corinthians are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 to fulfill scripture when it says, “Let him who brags, brag about the Lord.”
replacing rock stars
The Corinthian church groups had started creating rock stars for themselves to idolize and follow. Paul tells them here that they got it wrong. Christianity is about replacing the rock stars, not creating them. It’s not supposed to be about how good, how smart, how strong, or how significant our leaders are. It’s supposed to be about what Jesus did for us. Salvation is God’s doing, and God’s choice. If Christians should brag, it should be about God’s grace.
The picture Paul paints of deliverance is that of God’s light coming in and replacing the world’s darkness. When we choose to idolize human leaders, we going back to that darkness. That is a serious mistake.
LORD, may we never brag about anyone but you, and what you have done for us.