Today's Reading: 1 Corinthians 1-4
Right after Thanksgiving, on Black Friday, many people run to the stores to gather up all the high priced and desirable things of this world. Whether it be the most recent technological wonder, the most expensive designer handbag, the latest best seller or the most unique toy, we humans tend to be drawn to these things. We will drive distances, wait outside the doors of stores in the cold or rain, and even fight over the merchandise.
While we are doing this, today's scripture shares what God is choosing--the lowly and despised things.
So I started thinking about this. What do I consider low? What do I despise?
I don't like things that are stinky, dirty or used. I don't like stinky trash. I don't like dirty laundry or dirty dishes. I don't like used, stained or marred clothing or furniture.
We all have trouble engaging with people who are different, either in looks, mannerisms or customs. We despise people who are difficult, who disagree with us or make us uncomfortable. We long to be around people who will bump up our social standing and avoid those who would be "social suicide" to hang around.
God loves the ones who realize their spiritual decay, stink and dirt. God loves the broken, sick and lonely. God loves the poor, the outcast and the "least."
While we run after things which will not satisfy, God is running after us. For while we are yet sinners, Christ died for us.
It was on a Black Friday when God went out and bought the world. Christ traveled all the way from heaven, stood outside the door of our hearts in the rain and fought like the dickens to grab us out of the hand of Satan.