1 Corinthians 1:26-31(NIV)
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Last week, I picked up some back-to school supplies for my kids. Most children are not thinking about going back to school, but as parents, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead for their education. We all need education not just for the mind and the body, but also for the spirit. Billions of dollars are spent on post-secondary education as more schools treat education as a business. We are all spiritual beings, but rarely do we have an educational system that facilitates that. The educational system will fill students with knowledge, but it doesn’t necessarily equate to wisdom.
Paul writes that many of us are wise by human standards. Scholars who fill their head with knowledge could risk thinking that education for their physical body is all they need and that spiritual education is not necessary. This leads to ignorance of God and exclusion from participating in the Kingdom of God. Those who seek Christ Jesus have wisdom from God that will be superior to any educational wisdom from the schools. I’d like to think that I was wise in ‘choosing’ God, but it is God who has the wisdom in the plan of salvation and redemption.