1 Corinthians 1:26-29
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.
In my sermon last week I quickly made the statement. “What if you are not meant to be a victim of your circumstances but instead, God has placed you in your circumstances to make them victims to heaven moving through you.”
I felt the Lord's power on that statement when I said it, and I felt it would be good to delve into it a little deeper as we continue to learn about what it means to be a “Kingdom Pioneer”.
As Paul writes above none of us are redeemed by the blood of Jesus because of what we can do or who we are. Only through His grace and through Jesus’ sacrifice are we redeemed. Salvation is a gift you cannot earn. This is simple gospel truth. It’s also true that the Lord uses people of humbled lowly estate to reveal His power and glory on the earth. Think about Moses, a stuttering insecure outlaw used by God to bring freedom to His people from the nation he was hiding out from. Or Rahab the prostitute, who hid Joshua's men from the King of Jericho. A simple and oppressed woman recognized what God was doing in her nation and partnered with Him in it. God used her to bring victory, yet again, to His people over the kingdom that had used and abused her throughout her life. See the pattern? God’s favor rests with simple people who are not impressed with themselves, and realize that God’s power is not regulated to their situation and circumstances.
Did God create Rahab for prostituition or Moses for murdering? Of course not. They, like us, are living in a fallen and broken world, because of that, they found themselves in situations that were not God’s best for them. Though, the moment they decided God's plans were bigger and better than their unfavorable circumstances, was, in fact, the moment God used what the enemy designed for bondage in their life as a tool for freedom for them and His people. God is good like that. He can bless every mess and turn any defeated person into more than a conqueror.
So then pioneer, what do your daily frontiers look like? You know the wild, untamed, and scary places in your life that you have learned to co-exist with. The circumstances and situations you are unwilling to explore, with God, because you're afraid of disturbing things you’ve grown comfortable with. The places of bondage you struggle with, that maybe you've decided is just your lot-in-life or what you deserve. You may be stuck in some ugly “frontiers of life”, but did you know Jesus has a solution for every problem? He will allow you to walk through the problem, in order to obtain His solutions. We have to partner with what He is doing in the midst of our lives. Once we partner with Him, we begin to walk in the victory only He can provide. Believe it or not, you are God's plan “A” for redeeming the situation you're struggling through for His Kingdom. Instead of dreading whatever you're going through, you have permission to expect Jesus’ Kingdom to break through you. So let me ask you another question. What do you think of yourself? Are you simple, insignificant, or foolish at times? Well friend, you like me, are the perfect candidate to manifest God’s glory on the earth around you. You are in fact, whether you feel like it or not, a Kingdom Pioneer, and it’s time to overcome our daily frontiers.