The Message translation of 1 Corinthians 1: 26– 30 says:
Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have— right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start— comes from God by way of Jesus Christ.
The moment we think we’ve gotten into this relationship with Jesus because we’re more together than the bag lady in the West End, or we’re a little sharper than the used car…
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