Hollow pretensions of the "somebodies" 5.23.11, 9.27.12 & 4.18.13

by Aaron K.

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Hollow pretensions of the "somebodies" 5.23.11, 9.27.12 & 4.18.13

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. -1 Corinthians 1:26-29

Knowing it’s not a complete premise for the verse…the words ‘hollow pretensions of the "somebodies" sticks out to me. Thinking…What does pretentious by definition really mean?
1. self-important and affected: acting as though more important or special than is warranted, or appearing to have an unrealistically high self-image
2. made to look or sound important: intended to seem to have a special quality or significance, but often seeming forced or overly clever
3. ostentatious: extravagantly and consciously showy or glamorous

Observing the world around me…there is a subtle weight that presses heavily on my soul each day. The stream of everyday life seeming calm on the surface yet while underneath exists a powerful current of pride not only driving self but a culture fostered and defined by the pretensions of the "somebodies". Like polluted air, it gets everywhere distorting my perspective each day…discounting the simple things that God says make a truly blessed life, while making the prideful expressions of the successful life appear of ultimate importance. It is so true, as a pride and pretense grows, the blessed life slips further and further away. Perhaps that is why it is said…find a man who cares little for the things of the world and in that moment you’ll see how really poor you are. Action. My sons, the good life is savored by the humble and authentic of heart, for they are truly free…having little need to impress. You’ll experience many successes and failures in life, but know that they are both temporary…divine, circumstantial tests that can easily distract from the blessed life. Pursue authentic humility always, driving the focus off of self and onto God and others.