A Fool for the Sake of Christ

“For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God’s good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe,” (1 Corinthians 1:21, ASV).  It is ironic that the greatest message ever told would be considered “foolish.”  Webster’s,  American Collegiate Dictionary defines foolish in the following ways; “Lacking in sense, judgement or direction.  Absurd or ridiculous.”  The word absurd jumps out as I think about the foolishness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world in which we live.  The world thinks its absurd that Jesus could or would die for the sins of the world.  The kingdoms of earth teach that being first is what matters.  Jesus taught that in order to be first one must be willing to be last.  Forgiveness is foreign to the teachings of this world, yet Jesus even forgave those who crucified him.  The world teaches taking but Jesus teaches giving.  Jesus says to even love our enimies and the world teaches love that is conditional at best.  The litany could go on and on as it pertains to the teachings of Jesus.  Jesus takes that which the world considers foolish and makes it into meaning and purpose to life.  Remember, if you want to enter into God’s Kingdom you must be considered foolish by the world.  Are you willing to become a fool for the sake of  Jesus?

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