AUGUST 28: SORDID LIVES

SORDID LIVES

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"For ye 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 God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And 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. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption; That, according as it is written, 'He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.'"
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
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Devious. Defiled. Defective. Diseased. Degenerate.
Sinful.
This is my "offering" and composite of words defining the primary characters composing God's written and sacred Word.
And this is my offering and composite of words describing every man who comes into this world.
You and me are sick creatures with sordid lives who have nothing to contribute to God's glory apart from His blood and His life flowing through us.
There is nothing to exclaim to but Christ alone ...
For any of us.
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The goal of God's word isn't to expound on man's goodness and his strength of virtue but to draw attention to his sinfulness and his condemned state.
The goal of God isn't to glorify and exclaim about man,
But to "be" glorified and give witness to what He's done for man.
God's reasoning for smattering and littering His holiness with our humanness testifies to His supreme goodness and faithfulness;
His love for us in sending His Christ to die for us and make atonement for us.
This is the answer to why God chose such sordid lives for His precious word:
There aren't any others.
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When we come to the truth about "ourselves," dear Reader, and we no longer set "sinful" individuals apart from ourselves but identify ourselves as one of "them,"
I think we're on to something and our progression of faith will be gloriously and wondrously played out, from this point on.
God's glory rests on His goodness ...
And that's the end of it.
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Blessed are the nobodies and nothings.
Blessed are the cast-outs and cast-aways.
Blessed are the broken and rejected.
Blessed are "these" beautiful most chosen ones.
To God be all glory.
Amen.