I’m back in Martha’s booklet Kingdom Children, and to be honest, I really don’t have anything to say today. The following is an excerpt, and a perfect picture of where I am. May it encourage and bless you as fully as it continues to buoy me!
The Base and Despised
It’s as if God has deliberately chosen people who can do nothing for Him, too ignorant to teach anyone, too weak to help His cause, too low morally to be any kind of example for Him. He has chosen fools who shame His name. Yes, it’s all true. If you have been truly born again, you can’t brag about it because it means you are foolish, weak, base, despised and nothing.
Being a Christian can never be worn as an earned badge of merit because it means you are the lowest of humanity, no matter your outward appearance, your station in life, or even (God forbid) your education!
…and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.
1 Corinthians 1:28-29 NASB
The word ‘base’ is Strong’s #36 – “Ignoble, base, one who does not live up to the expectation of his stock, race or nation.” In the New Testament, this word is found only in 1 Corinthians 1:28.
The world does not praise the weak and foolish. In fact, strong humanity has contempt for the base and unable. When you can see and live with the fact that you are a useless, foolish, low-life human being, and that God chose you because that’s who you innately are, then it becomes hilarious and delightful. You are free of your mask and effort. You are accepted as a large idiot-child and you can skip your way through life, laughing at yourself and with all of humanity.
We hate ourselves for being what we are: foolish, base, ignoble, common, silly. “Not living up to expectations.” And all of that is the most insulting thing to the human ego, the selfish self and the confident Adult.
Self-hatred is just pride from disappointment in our inferiority. We are inferior; we are children ever trying to escape being so, believing that we must change, and worse, that we can. No, you and I are silly children at the core of our being. Be what you are…for you are a child! Foolish, funny, common and low-life. Get over it!
In the Amplified version of Proverbs, a fool is not one who is slow or stupid. A fool is always defined as one who is self-confident! “The careless ease of [self-confident] fools shall destroy them” (Prov. 1:32).
We have God’s permission to be witless and ignorant. I am received and safe. This kind of person is welcome to the kingdom. The Prodigal came to see he was a fool, and when he knew that, he was home.