Calling All Zeroes

As Barack Obama selects his cabinet, he?s choosing people who are wise and experienced and highly qualified.

It would be quite a feather in one?s cap to be selected for the cabinet, something you could boast about.? But there will be no boasting among those whom God selected.

“The wonder is not that God chooses some and not others (Abel not Cain; Isaac, not Ishmael; Jacob, not Esau). The wonder is that God chooses any. Certainly God does not choose an elite. Israel is a chosen people, but not a choice people. God’s elect have no ground for pride. On the contrary, God chooses not the wise, the mighty, or the noble, but the foolish, the weak, the despised (Paul says, indeed, the ‘zeroes’). No-one may boast before him.”? –Edmund Clowney

Why does God choose the zeroes?? So he will get more glory.? The weaker we are, the better for his wisdom and power to shine.? The Extreme Home Makeover team amazes us more when they renovate a dump than if they added some nice touches to a mansion.? We love “Hoosiers” and “Remember the Titans”? because a coach makes a team of misfits into something great.? That way He gets more glory than if he coached superstars.

If God chose you, it wasn?t because of your superior qualities.? It was because you, like me, were a zero, and so pathetic he knew he?d get much glory by transforming us.? Isn’t our God amazing?

photo by Gaetan Lee

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.