Be a Fool Today

April 1, 2014 0 comments
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HEADLINES APRIL 1, 2014

John MacArthur was publicly rebuked for a selfie.

Google is 10yrs old today and claims they invented the selfie.

Peeing in the pool has been deemed chemical warfare.

Today is April 1st. Also known as April Fool’s Day.  I “think” one of the above articles is actually true. However, it can be hard to tell which headlines are real and which are a joke. You can try to figure out which is true and which is false by following the links.

We typically operate under the assumption that no one wants to actually be a fool. But, what if being a fool is actually wise? Sure, the Proverbs tell us to seek wisdom and I agree, but what kind of wisdom are we seeking? Is it wisdom based on a biblical worldview or is it wisdom based on society’s worldview? What if the view that is typically seen as wisdom, is actually foolish? What if you don’t actually know until your life is over and you realize the joke was on you?

The Apostle Paul when writing to people who highly valued wisdom says,

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, 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; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20 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? 21 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. 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)

The Corinthians that Paul is warning were trying to live based on what many of us would refer to as common sense. Unfortunately, they lacked true wisdom and thus, they lacked the power of God. What they thought was wisdom was actually foolishness.

How many of us do the same thing? We live based on what we think is common sense rather than according to God’s wisdom.

Common sense tells us that if we want to be right with God, we have to live good enough lives to please Him.

True wisdom says we have to trust in the life that Jesus lived and gave for us.

Common sense tells us to get what is ours.

True wisdom tells us that it is better to give than to receive.

Common sense tells us that the person who has people serving them is great.

True wisdom says that whoever wants to be great must serve others.

The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom. If that is true, why do we try to live according to man’s wisdom? Perhaps many people just assume that God agrees with them. What if they are wrong? What if we find out that the joke was on us but God wasn’t the one playing the joke, rather there is a master deceiver?

What we need is not merely a day of practical jokes but a life of renewal of our minds (Romans 12:1-2). The really great news is that God gives us wisdom through His word. The problem is that MUCH of His Word is counter-cultural. If we live according to His Word, we will be branded as fools by those who live according to societal standards. So, I challenge you today to consider the wisdom of being a fool.

“Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 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. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things– and the things that are not– to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God– that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

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