Confound the Wise
“And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4.22 ESV).
Jesus went to his hometown of Nazareth and spoke at the synagogue. Although the people marveled at what He said, they still couldn’t see past His normalcy to comprehend His divine. The people relegated Jesus to being simply a carpenter’s Son, and in their own minds they diminished the power of God in His life. God loves to take what seems average and make it amazing because it shows His glory even more. These people who knew Jesus growing up completely missed what God was doing through Jesus. They didn’t get as many miracles and they didn’t receive much of His revelation. In fact, instead of receiving Him, they tried to push the Son of God off a cliff (Luke 4.28-29)! Their own limited viewpoints halted God’s movement in their town and in their lives. When we limit people, we limit ourselves. God can use anyone to do His will, especially those we know well and tend to take for granted. The closer we are to people, the easier it is to focus on their flaws instead of their virtues. And the best virtue someone can have is the willingness to be used by God. God has so much glory that all He needs is a willing vessel to carry it. God is not looking for talent, good looks, charisma, intelligence or even sacrifice—He is looking for someone who loves Him, obeys Him and is eager to receive Him.
“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful” (1 Corinthians 1.27 NLT).