Friday, August 2, 2013

Fool for Christ

Fool n. A person with a talent or enthusiasm for a certain activity

Question: Who or what are you a fool for?

I want to be a fool for Christ and His agenda, but am I? I tend to be a fool for imprudent things – things of this world. I get so caught up in worldly things that I lose touch and release grip of who I am in Christ and what my role is as a redeemed servant of Him. For example:

I concern myself with what clothes I’m going to wear instead of giving clothes to those who have none.

I watch things on television that go against the teachings of Christ instead of searching for and finding mind-nurturing shows and programs.

I worry about where I’m going to go out for dinner instead of being thankful for choices that many do not have.

I complain about going to work instead of being thankful that I have a job to help provide for myself.

I turn my nose to those not like me instead of concerning myself with serving and taking care of the least of these.

I am just foolish.

But do you know what the remarkable thing is about being foolish? Take a look with me:

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” 1 Corinthians 1:27, emphasis mine

God CHOOSES the foolish! He chooses me, and if you’re foolish, he chooses you too!

We can take part in the agenda of God because of this! Going back to the definition of fool, I want to be a person with talent and enthusiasm for Christ. I want to be a person who fervently loves Christ and uses my God-given talents for His agenda. I want to be excited to give to those who have none. I want to enjoy watching appropriate television programs and movies. I don’t want to take food and shelter that He has blessed me with for granted. I want to mercifully use my blessings to bless others. I want to committedly and kindheartedly serve the least of these.  

And most importantly, I want to unreservedly and passionately answer the call (that each believer has!) to follow Jesus – however, whenever, wherever.

So…today I choose to trust in His call. Today I choose to pray for revival in the Church. Today I choose to believe in the power of redemption and the choosing of the foolish.

Today, I want to be a fool for Christ. Join me?

I want to hear from you! Let me know how I can be praying for you to become a fool for Christ instead of the world. How can we strategically help each other concern ourselves with the agenda of Jesus?

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:30-31

End-note: Christine Caine's video below was part of the inspiration of this post. It is a stunning exposition of the unexpected results of when God chooses the foolish, and I may have even shed a tear or two at the end! It's great, check it out:

1 comment

  1. I want to be a fool for Christ.....this is the second time Ive seen something like this in the past two days.....I need not see it thrice!
    Since we got back from the trip....somebody said "back to normal", for us that have been called to serve Him, the "normal" is Him
    By praising His name, accountability and discipleship we can grow as "fools" and bring others to know Him etc.

    Today I read Psalm 65 for a devotion....How awesome is this!

    Praise awaits[b] you, our God, in Zion;
    to you our vows will be fulfilled.
    2 You who answer prayer,
    to you all people will come.
    3 When we were overwhelmed by sins,
    you forgave[c] our transgressions.
    4 Blessed are those you choose
    and bring near to live in your courts!
    We are filled with the good things of your house,
    of your holy temple.

    5 You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,
    God our Savior,
    the hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the farthest seas,
    6 who formed the mountains by your power,
    having armed yourself with strength,
    7 who stilled the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
    and the turmoil of the nations.
    8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
    where morning dawns, where evening fades,
    you call forth songs of joy.

    9 You care for the land and water it;
    you enrich it abundantly.
    The streams of God are filled with water
    to provide the people with grain,
    for so you have ordained it.[d]
    10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
    you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
    11 You crown the year with your bounty,
    and your carts overflow with abundance.
    12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
    the hills are clothed with gladness.
    13 The meadows are covered with flocks
    and the valleys are mantled with grain;
    they shout for joy and sing.

    May we praise and adore Him, and take up our cross daily!

    Lord, I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will. Let be employed by You, or laid aside for You, exalted for You, or brought low by You. Let me have all things, let me have nothing,I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. And now O glorious and blessed God, Father,Son,and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours. So be it. Amen.

    -John Wesley


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