To say that 1 Corinthians 1 is my favorite chapter would be an understatement. When I first began in ministry, I printed out versus 18-31, put a frame around it and hung it on a wall right in front of my desk where I could see it everyday. I hung it there first because it reminded me that God doesn’t call the qualified to serve Him. Rather, He qualifies whom He calls. Secondly, I hung it there to remind me that if I ever feel truly qualified to serve, I’d better watch out because pride is creeping in. I hope this verse encourages and challenges you the same way it always has me.

“26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 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. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”