“God chose 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.”

– 1 Corinthians 1:28–29

It is often said that exceptionalism or heroism comes when an ordinary person is put in an extraordinary situation. It’s a time when we are “tested by fire” to see “what we are made of.”

God, in His wisdom, often selects the most unlikely people to help bring about His will. The Bible has repeated stories of God turning people into unlikely heroes.

Jacob was homeless and made money by petty swindling. Moses murdered someone. David was an impulsive teen who became king of Israel. Paul, who previously persecuted Christians, became the faith’s leading advocate. And the list goes on.

God knows his creation

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.”

– Ephesians 2:10

God knows the abilities people have – he gave those gifts to them. Therefore, God knows what they are capable of. God can see into the hearts of mankind to know their capacity for faith and dedication.

God chooses the unlikely to humble the proud

“For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?”

– 1 Corinthians 4:7

Many people want to take credit for the gifts that they were born with. Some people feel they are special above others. But God gave everyone unique gifts of His choosing and did so for His own purposes.

All of the things that mankind tries to make it seem so important – God makes not important at all.

“God chose 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.”

– 1 Corinthians 1:28–29

Jesus said…

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

– Matthew 20:16

Jesus’ quote is the last line from his “Parable of the Workers.” Jesus was imparting the meaning that the amount, degree, of the works we do isn’t what matters for redemption. It’s about our character. People that “the world” sees now as last will be first in the world to come.

It’s not about what you do – it’s about faith

Some people want to boast about their good works, as if their works are their guaranteed ticket to heaven. But the Bible tells us otherwise.

“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.”

– Ephesians 2:8-9

While our works are important – they aren’t the ultimate factor in getting to heaven. No matter what we do, we can’t earn our redemption. The Bible says that we are redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ.

“For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.”

– Romans 3:28

Jesus said…

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”

– John 5:24

God turns ordinary people into extraordinary through their faith in Him and Jesus Christ.