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Fools for Christ
March 6, 2012 faith


Just the other day someone on Twitter told me “if you [are] talking to God you are askew. If he talks back you are insane.” That pretty much sums up how the world sees Christians. Praying makes you eccentric but if you claim God is talking back you are crazy. But how else could we be in a relationship with him if we did not communicate with each other? God is alive and well. Why wouldn’t he want to talk to us?

Like apostle Paul said: We are fools for Christ. (1 Cor. 4:10, CEB) The world can’t understand why people take the word of God seriously. People who don’t go after fame and fortune are weird, people who choose to live in underdeveloped countries for the sake of Christ are nuts, people who are willing to do anything for God are lunatics. And how about people who are joyful in the midst of hardships? Faith does indeed look crazy. But looks are deceiving.

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are being destroyed. But it is the power of God for those of us who are being saved. It is written in scripture: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will reject the intelligence of the intelligent. Where are the wise? Where are the legal experts? Where are today’s debaters? Hasn’t God made the wisdom of the world foolish? In God’s wisdom, he determined that the world wouldn’t come to know him through its wisdom. Instead, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of preaching. Jews ask for signs, and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, which is a scandal to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. But to those who are called—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom. This is because the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (1 Cor. 1: 18-25, CEB)

The message of the cross is the power of God for those of us who are being saved.
The gift of grace is the most valuable thing in a life of a Christian.
The life with God is the sweetest thing on this earth.

Yet faith is indeed pure madness to the world. The words of Anthony the Great (ca. 251-356) seem prophetic: “Here comes the time, when people will behave like madmen, and if they see anybody who does not behave like that, they will rebel against him and say: “You are mad”, – because he is not like them.”

Unless you have had the Holy Spirit to open your eyes, there is no way you can understand the value of the cross. But if you have embraced grace remember to extend love and grace to those who don’t yet see. Fools for Christ are called to be gentle, loving, joyous, hopeful, peaceful, and – most of all – faithful to our Father in heaven.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you that faith is a gift meant for everyone.
Thank you that your wisdom is beyond our understanding.
Open our eyes to see you as you are and ourselves as we are.
Be praised forever and ever!
Bless all your fools,
strengthen us in your service.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Does the world see you as a fool for Christ?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you dare to be a fool for Christ!

Image (“St.Paul preaching in Athens” by Raphael) courtesy of Wikimedia. Linking up today with What’s on Your Heart Tuesdays & Soli Deo Gloria & One Word at a Time: Madness Blog Carnival.

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