Upside Down

Daily Bible CoverGod uses the unlikely.  He always reaches for the ones the world has shunned.  His heart longs for those neglected.  He holds the brokenhearted. This is our God. Amen! Last Christmas, I was watching a DVD from the Buck Denver series. (If you do not know who Buck Denver is, you can find the DVDs at the local kid’s section at Family Christian…haha!) In this DVD, they were talking about Christmas and how Jesus came to save us so we could spend eternity with Him.  One of the characters said a line that has stayed with me since then, “The Kingdom of God is an upside kingdom.”

At first I did not understand, but then they explained that God’s Kingdom is not like any other kingdom.  You see, in an earthly kingdom, many rulers abuse privilege.  The royals have almost no regard for those that are lower than them, and they usually just look out for themselves and their well-being.

You and I know that this is not at all the heartbeat of God’s Kingdom, but rather God has chosen the foolish things of this earth to shame the wise.  God sent His son, Jesus, as a lowly servant so that all men would be able to have a road to repentance.  Talk about an upside down kingdom.  What kind of King leaves His throne for someone of lower status?

Today, in 1 Corinthians, chapters one and two, Paul tells us that God chooses the unlikely.  He chooses the weak to shame the strong. (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

I love that God does not look at my social status, my physical strength, or how much money I have in the bank, to determine how He is going to use me. In fact, the more room that we leave for Him to lead and to fill; the more room He has to operate in our lives.

When we hand over our short-comings and weakness to God, He turns them into strength because it is then that the mighty power of God can shine through! It is in our weakness that God is magnified and He is exalted! (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Lord, we boast in You alone. Your strength is the power that sustains us.  Without You, we are nothing! Lead us this day into depths we’ve never treaded upon before.