Morning Devotional, 09 July 2024

Morning Devotional, 09 July 2024

Tuesday – God’s Upside-Down Kingdom

“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.” (1 Corinthians 1:26)

In the kingdom of God, the values and standards that society upholds are turned upside down. The world prizes wisdom, power, and noble birth – traits that confer status, influence, and authority. Yet, as Paul reminds the Corinthian believers, their calling was not based on these worldly qualifications. Most of them were ordinary people, lacking the accolades and achievements that society esteems.

This truth reveals a fundamental reality about God’s ways: His thoughts and methods are radically different from our own. While the world evaluates worth based on intellect, strength, and pedigree, God looks at the heart. He delights in choosing the humble, the weak, and the lowly to accomplish His purposes, confounding the wisdom of the wise and exposing the futility of human pride.

God’s deliberate choice of the lowly serves two purposes. First, it shames the wise and the strong, demonstrating that true wisdom and power come not from human abilities but from God alone. Secondly, it prevents anyone from boasting before God. If salvation and participation in His kingdom were based on merit, there would be grounds for pride. However, because God chooses the insignificant, it is clear that our standing is entirely due to His grace.

This upside-down paradigm should shape our perspective and values as followers of Christ. We must resist the temptation to judge others or ourselves by worldly standards of success, prestige, or influence. Instead, we should cultivate a spirit of humility, recognizing that our worth comes not from our achievements but from our identity as beloved children of God.

Moreover, we are called to honor and uplift those whom society overlooks or disdains. In the kingdom of God, the last are first, and the greatest are those who serve. May we embrace this counterintuitive truth, valuing what God values and extending love, dignity, and respect to all, regardless of their social status or worldly acclaim.

As we navigate the complexities of life today, let us anchor our hearts in the upside-down values of God’s kingdom. May we reject the allure of worldly wisdom and power, and instead find our strength and significance in the grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father, who delights in exalting the humble and using the weak to shame the strong.