Seek the Lord in Simplicity
- Date: February 25, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty…” (1 Corinthians 1:27)
- From Wise To Do Evil
The people that God is looking to use are the simple people. I don't mean stupid. I don't mean poor. I don't mean tattered clothing. The simple people. Not cluttered with the things of this world. Simplicity in the sense of purity. Simple in the sense of not cluttered in our minds but resolute on the truth. The foolish things, the weak things [in the eyes of the world]. It doesn't mean we're stupid and weak. It means the world sees us that way for the choice of wisdom that we're operating in.
I want to tell you the main reason that we choose this course. God will glorify Himself through us. God will raise up His Josephs and put them on the throne, and God will raise up His Daniels, and God will take poor fishermen and turn the world upside down, if we will separate ourselves from the wisdom of this world. That wisdom that has absolutely captured the visible church. We need to step back and say, "As for me and my house, we're serving God."
In 1 Corinthians 1:27, it says, "But God hath chosen"-hallelujah! "But God hath chosen…" "For ye see your calling…" [verse 26]. We're the called of God; we're the chosen of God. And He's called those, and "…not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called." Not many that are involved. Listen, not many-there are some-not many that are successful in the world are called. And yet here we are, men of the kingdom, wanting to be successful in the world. Be successful in the kingdom, and let God promote you in the world if that's His will for you.
This says if you are worldly successful, few of you will be used for the glory of God. Didn't say it's impossible, because with God all things are possible. But I'll tell you what. It's not only hard for a rich man to enter into heaven, it's hard for a worldly wise man to enter into heaven. It's hard for a worldly successful man to enter into heaven, because there are two different kingdoms, there are two different wisdoms, there are two different goals that are being pursued. "Well, I can pursue them both equally." That's not what the Bible says. It says if you're going to be master in one, you've got to be temperate in the other. "Well, I think I can do it." No you can't. "Well, I'm doing it." No you're not. You may appear to be successful in pulling them both off, but I want to tell you something. You're less than what you should or could be. You may be at a high level in both, but I want to tell you something. The Bible says if you're going to reach your full potential and be a master, you've got to be temperate in the other. Temperate in time, temperate in preparation, temperate in promotion. It's a law.
So he says, "…not many wise men after the flesh [that are in the world]"-when you see the term "flesh" here, just think with me of "worldly wisdom." And he says, "I want you to realize, then, that there are not many there that can be used." Verse 25, "Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty [after the flesh], not many noble [after the flesh], are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him [God] are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."