5.18.2009

Be a fool for God's glory

"The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1  Corinthians 2:14

   I used to become discouraged when I sensed that people thought I was being ridiculous or acting like a fool. We have a command from the Lord and we're acting on it. The responses are mixed. Those in the body of Christ are thrilled for John and I. They encourage us and urge us onward despite the certainty of impending hardships. Then there are those who do not know my Lord and they think we are fools. It's crazy to quit your job in the midst of an economic crisis, right? It's unrealistic to put your house up for sale when the market is so depressed. Move to another location and try to get jobs when most people are trying to hold onto theirs?? Insane, right? But since when does God move in ways that are realistic? 
   
   When Christ called Peter out of the boat to walk on water in the midst of an enormous storm, anyone could have called Peter crazy if he were to share his intentions of following that call. People could have explained the risks - humiliation at the lowest, death by drowning at the highest. But, when Jesus said "come" that's what Peter did, and he walked on water! When things got rough, and Peter became scared and started to sink, all he had to do was call out to the one who called him and Jesus reached down and saved him. Beautiful. Simple. It's all about obedience. When Christ calls you to do it, his grace will be sufficient to see you through it - regardless of how difficult and sacrificial obedience may be for you. 
  
  But, what about those who stand on the sidelines and mock us? Oh well. "God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things - and the things that are not - to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him." 1 Corinthians 1:27 - 29  Do not worry about what others think of you, for God knows your heart and the hearts of all men. My desire is to be a fool for Jesus, today and everyday until I am called home to heaven...

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