God's "Riff Raff"

"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; but God choose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise,  God choose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,  God choose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption;  therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."  (1 Corinthians 1: 26-31)

It is so comforting to know that the Lord chooses the everyday person, the poor person, the struggling person, the exploited person, the depressed person, the chronic sinner, the average Joe, the homeless person, the forgotten elderly person, the single mother with three jobs, the immigrant, the prostitute, the recovering or relapsing drug addict, the widower, the runaway teen, or the unborn child. These are the exact same people that the Lord choose over 2,000 years ago and continues to do so today.  The Lord is on the side of the forgotten, the people who have been swept aside in this life. Why is it so?  Because these people through their crosses have the unique predisposition necessary for accepting God's grace. In this unfair and imperfect world which is obsessed with wealth, fame, and prestige the Lord is diligently there, constantly beckoning, recruiting his motley crew of selected"riff raff". Suddenly not fitting in never felt so good.  Being a loser can reap great benefits.


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