1 Corinthians 1:26 For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth;

Consider your calling

What you were – spiritually blind, spiritually dead, an enemy of God – that’s what it is to be a sinner, and what had you earned? The wages of sin is death.

What you are – the children of God by grace though faith in Christ. God called you in Christ, God enlightened your mind, God sanctifies you and God keeps you in true faith. God chose you, God makes you a new creation. But what does a new creation look like, what does it mean to be a Christian?

Look at Jesus, he is the perfect example of what it is to be a child of God. In the beatitudes we see what a child of God is.

The key to the beatitudes is that blessed is not something we do for ourselves, it is rather something someone does for us – in the new creation God works, he begins in us all the things spoken of in the beatitudes. When we look to Christ, and his example, we see what we are becoming. The credit for this change goes to God. God didn’t choose people who already where like Christ, but took people most unlike Christ, so that the world would see God at work, and see the power of God, not distant and unapproachable, but in their neighbors, and see that the power of God is a power unto salvation.

That God could take a spiritually blind, dead, enemy of God and make them a new creation – that God could take a lost and condemned sinner and make them a child of God – this is foolishness to the world, but it is the power of God. This is something so incredible, it makes everything else look foolish.

When we remember all these things, and how God has worked, and is working in our lives – then it is clear, and there is nothing else that we would rather do – than to boast of God and what he has done for us and for all in Christ. This is our calling! We do it, not because we are compelled to do it, but because it is our nature to do it – it is the way we express our gratitude to God for all that he has done for us in Christ.