God’s choice of building materials

Saturday I posted about the “defects of Jesus”.  Here’s another example, posed by G.K. Chesterton, of God doing something exactly the opposite of how you would expect–that is, until you really get to know Him. 

When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its cornerstone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a stutterer, a snob, a coward–in a word, a man.  And upon this rock He has built His Church, and the gates of Hell have not prevailed against it.  All the empires and the kingdoms have failed, because of this inherent and continual weakness, that they were founded by strong men and upon strong men.  But this one thing, the historic Christian Church, was founded on a weak man, and for that reason it is indestructible.  For no chain is stronger than its weakest link.  (Heretics, Collected Works 1:70)

God desires to build something beautiful on your weakness, if you’ll just give it to him today.

3 thoughts on “God’s choice of building materials

  1. There have been times in my life when I would despair at the feet of the Lord that I was unraveling. He in his mercy explained that He was, however, as the Master Weaver unraveling parts of me so he could rework the threads into the pattern He desired. A flag unraveling in a strong wind is in a different place than the unraveling that occurs at the hands of the craftsman. Or you making mittens from abandoned sweaters.

  2. How keenly aware I am of my weaknesses! Daily, they look me in the face…especially through the eyes of those closest. To think that the LORD counts me as one of His “builders! I rejoice that His choice was not a mistake. He, in fact, knows the kind of building material I am…and still wants to use me to “build something beautiful…” I need simply to trust Him for the finished product!

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