26-28 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”? (THE MESSAGE)
It is rather worrying when we hear of parents telling their children they can be anything they want to be; they can do anything if they put their mind to it. It is worrying because it is simply not true. By all means let’s encourage our children, or anyone for that matter, to have a go, to do their best. But each of us has limitations and each of us needs to be aware of them so as to live creatively and boldly within them.
If we don’t learn to say “I can’t”, we may never get around to doing what we can. We will be forever chasing mirages and pursuing things that are not ours to have. Recognising our limitations is not defeatism but realism. It sets us free to be who we were made to be rather than anxiously and frantically trying to be someone else.
As Paul notes in our text, followers of Jesus are usually not found amongst the celebrities and headline hunters. They are often ordinary people who are yet enabled to do extraordinary things by the power of God. We may not be able to do all we would like to do or dream of doing. But we can do what God calls us to do. And that is enough.