In my last blogpost in this sequence we discussed the verse below, which tells us what kinds of people usually do not become Christians:
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. (I Corinthians 1:26 NIV)
Not many sophisticated, rich, or popular people are able to become true believers. Those from these groups who become true believer need to first accept the fact that they are over-rated and that they are no better than all other horrible sinners. This is something that people of high status rarely do.
Instead, most new believers come from the lower rungs of society:
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 (I Corinthians 1:27).
It is usually the people we like the least; the ones we despise and are ashamed of that become believers. They may not be smart or intelligent by worldly standards, but they know that they have a need and eagerly cling to Christ to save them. We often prefer not to associate with these “weak” believers, because we think that it makes our Christianity look inferior to others. Perhaps it does, but only because other people have the wrong perspective. The fact that Christianity appeals to the “fools” before the “intelligent” people shows how strong God is; that He is able to get through to people’s hearts despite their deficiencies. God is glorified when His followers do not glorify themselves.