Friday, April 1, 2016

April Fool for Christ

Did you know that April Fools’ Day is celebrated in many countries? The custom of playing practical jokes on friends has been part of our traditional celebration dating as far back as ancient Rome. It is said to be related to the vernal equinox and the coming of spring - the time when nature fools us with the sudden changes between showers and sunshine. (Ain’t THAT the truth in Kansas)
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul took on the so-called wise philosophers of Athens and in his God-given wisdom, he understood that it wasn't about winning the argument, or even sounding intelligent. His goal was to speak God's truth and let the Lord work on people's hearts and minds.
"Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." – 1 Corinthians 1:20-21, 27
Paul knew that "the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing" - those who don't know Christ don't "get" what's so earth-shattering about the Gospel. Yet "to us who are being saved it is the power of God," 1 Cor. 1:18
This kind of foolishness is far more incredible than anything Plato could dream up or Shakespeare could scribe. This comes from the mind of God Himself.
“We are fools for Christ”... (1 Cor. 4:10a)
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