As I walk through this world and witness its inhabitants, I realize that truly God doesn’t call many who are wise or prudent. Most of us are so terribly ordinary and often foolish. We live in a sea of needy ones with crashing waves of foolishness. There may be some who rise like cream to the top, but in my experience, even the brightest of us are kind of stupid. Why would I be so hard on my fellow man and how can this be good news? Because what I have learned is that Jesus didn’t come down to hobnob with the superior of our species. No, Jesus moved in with the Clampetts.
Brothers, consider your calling: Not many are wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world—what is viewed as nothing—to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, so that no one can boast in His presence.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 HCSB
Just Being One of the Clampetts
When I had this thought recently, I laughed out loud. Being in Christian ministry you see and hear a lot of Clampettism. And then I realized God chose to enter our world of foolishness; and not only chose, He actually praised the Father for this reality. Jesus has joy in the fact that He has the opportunity to move in with the Clampetts.
It was at that time that Yeshua said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you concealed these things from the sophisticated and educated and revealed them to ordinary folks.
Matthew 11:25 CJB
All I can say is wow – a shocking WOW! Our King of all creation, Master of the universe, rejoices to come dwell amongst such as us. And now that Christ has risen, He took that reality to the uttermost—now He is IN us. Simply glorious and wonderful. We do everything wrong and He comes to be right.
The Clampetts in the Present Moment
While I was writing this, Martha came and read me something from The Sacrament of the Present Moment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. It is the glory side of this reality.
“Sanctified souls are only souls wholly committed to the divine will by the help of grace. Everything beyond this is the work of God and not man, who must accept it in blind surrender and complete indifference. This is the only condition God asks of him. The rest He selects and decides according to His designs, as a builder selects and allocates his bricks.
And so God and His divine order must be cherished in all things, just as it is, without asking for anything more; whatever He may offer us is not our business but God’s, and what He ordains is best. How simple is this perfect and total surrender of self to God! And there, in continual self-forgetfulness to be forever occupied in loving and obeying Him, untroubled by all those doubts and perplexities, reverses and anxieties which attend the hope of His salvation and true perfection!”
I am a Beautiful Clampett
Not many wise or prudent are selected because it is only an unwitting child who can access and receive the Divine Mystery—Christ in me, the hope of glory. It isn’t logically figured out; it is experienced above all else. A child in faith, with blind trust that it can be as the Father says it is: Christ is in me. And I am His beautiful Clampett.
There is a Divine Mystery—a secret surprise that has been concealed from the world for generations, but now it’s being revealed, unfolded and manifested for every holy believer to experience.
God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Colossians 1:26-27 TPT, HCSB
I kinda get the impression that intelligence can be increased by God… but the heart is ours to determine- He wants our love and heart to be surrendered so that we can be with Him eternally- wisdom and sharpness of mind can be added …So being a Clampett i- living a little bewildered-like being a child- is fine by me!
I love the Clampetts because they are so real. Just down to earth folk who tell it like it is and live in the simplicity of life. Love you John
Ha! I wear a rope belt at least once a week! I love the quote about sanctified souls. I’ve been searching for a definition of it, and this is perfect.
To you and Martha and Jen:
Y’all come back now, y’hear?
That’s awesome. Truly it is all about a man named Jed, poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed.
This is so clear, you are right! I love it: “Sanctified souls are only souls wholly committed to the divine will by the help of grace.”
Thank you for being a Clampett and following the Master.
Love you Alex!
Thank you John for my delightful chuckle this morn, yes, I am a Clampett, even though I always wanted not to be!!!!
Clampettism is out reality isn’t it? It is the safest place to be, because this is who Jesus chooses, who He prefers, who He loves.