Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The "Foolish" Plan

Do you ever wonder why God would choose to allow you to be a part of His miracle of salvation?  It's humbling to think the God of the Universe would choose us - mere humans - to speak through, to touch hearts and to heal wounds. Paul calls it "foolish preaching" in the New Testament.

In 1 Corinthians 1:21-25, Paul, by the power of the Holy Spirit, tells us, "Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it's all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God's weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength."

Foolish Plan?

I think that is pretty interesting.  When we speak of salvation, telling others about Jesus Christ, the world thinks it's foolish.  But God knows better.  And those who are being called by God know better, too.  I love how Paul reminds us a few verses later that God "chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise."  So, in essence, as humbling as it is to be used by God, how ironic is it that the world considers it foolish?  The choice has to be made....am I here to please God or to please people? (read Galatians 1:10)

The choice is ours.  Do we want to be a part of God's miracle and be considered foolish to the world, or do we want to be considered wise to the world, but foolish to God?  Father, give us strength and courage to be considered foolish to the world for the sake of Your "foolish plan"! 

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

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