You Fool!

I hope all who read this have come to realize the unexplicable glory of grace, and what I mean is the all surpassing grace of God through Jesus Christ. I have on my right hand a ring, its sole function is to always remind me of that greatest injustice ever perpetrated, and of its claims on my life. That being said I read a passage this weekend that terrifies me.

17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, that the cross of Christ should not be made void.

And Paul continues:

18 For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.” 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

I pray that in my pride I do not destroy the essence of the gospel. I pray that my love and humility will stregthen my message and not destroy it. Truly, I’m only beginning to discover the depth of my pride, therefore my foolishness…

2 thoughts on “You Fool!”

  1. So true, Matt. Recently I’ve been frustrated at my lack of “success” in various ministry goals…numbers at my women’s small group, inability to even be with someone I can share the gospel with (I’m a stay at home mom and just about ready to give birth to #4.). I keep feeling like “if only I could come up with a better idea or have just the right words to say or worked a little harder…” Now I’m down with a kidney stone and am not accomplishing anything. I feel like God has hit me with a brick that says clearly “I don’t need you”… it’s true. He doesn’t need any of us. I’ll just keep obeying until He chooses to use me, and I’ll know it wasn’t my great intelligence or potential that produced results.

  2. Babe, I completely agree with this. Believe it or not, I have just discovered how great my pride is. It shows up all the time, unexpectedly. It’s so hard to stifle sometimes because it is so strong. My first step is to start recognizing it and to try and stop it in its tracts. I want to be used of God not so I can be important and great and so people can see me but so he can do as he pleases.

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