November 10, 2021 Bruce Reynolds

Foolish

Foolish

Back in the good old days at elite gatherings there was a character that was brought into the audience in order to bring laughter and fun, usually at a person’s expense. His title was the jester or the fool. People loved the fool, well they loved to make fun of him. Now I don’t think this position held any honor, but someone had to keep the people laughing. 

When it comes to the life of a follower of Jesus, we have forgotten that to the mind of this world we are the fools, the jesters of society. Maybe that is why many fear to proclaim Jesus, because they do not want to be known as foolish. I’ll let you in on a little secret. We are called to be fools for Christ. In I Corinthians 1:18, the Apostle Paul reminds us that “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” In fact, everyone that has ever lived or will ever live will be a fool for something. David Coverdale from the band Whitesnake was a fool for some woman’s loving. Laugh as you may, there have been many fools for the affections of another human being. Today we have fools in leadership that are fools for power and money.

To be a fool for something or someone just simply means to throw all inhibitions to the wind. To do whatever it takes to please and receive attention. We as followers of Jesus should be fools for Christ. To do whatever it takes to please Him, to bring Him the glory and honor that He is due. If we continue in I Corinthians 1:22-25 we would see that. “For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

If we were to continue in this chapter Paul reminds us that we were fools to begin with. We might as well be a fool for Jesus. So, who or what are you a fool for? Is it something that is temporary? Or will we be a fool for the one who chose to die on our behalf that we may know eternal life? Listen, if I’m going to be a fool, I choose to be a fool for Jesus because that foolishness is the wisdom of God. That works for me.