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The world’s definition of “strength” is much different from God’s. For example, our culture defines strength as having one or more of the attributes it values most — money, power, beauty and fame. Images from the media deluge our children and us with the idea that a successful person is one who is strong in these qualities.  Wouldn’t you agree?

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Yet Christ valued none of these attributes. He came to serve, rather than be served, and to give His life for us. The Corinthians did not understand that kind of strength. I wonder whether we are really all that much different.

1 Corinthians 1:25-27  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 

 Now we have to be careful here.  By “foolish” and “weak” God is not calling us down in this verse to make us feel bad.  He’s simply pointing out that the humble are of more use to him than the proud.  That He will use the things that don’t seem the “usual” or “rational” in our mindset.  We are not called to do God’s work because of who we are or what we’ve done, but simply because He loves us and wants a relationship with us.  No matter where we come from, or what we’ve done, God’s love for us is never-ending.  We are called to be different… UN-usual, not the norm.

Reading the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) reminds us who the strong really are — those who do not rely on their own strength, but rather depend on God to supply the power.

 

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Teach your children God’s concept of a strong person — one who surrenders.

Matthew 9:35  Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

Exerts taken from the Parenting by Design Devotional on YouVersion