Proverbs 26 3-26-19

We are all fools in someone’s eyes. What kind of fool we are is up to us. Let’s be “fools for Christ.”

6 Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.

For some reason, Jesus chose to use us to spread the message of His Gospel to the world. Why would He do such a thing? It’s like He doesn’t know us very well. We all have a selfish streak a mile wide running through us. Most of the time, we are either too proud or too scared to share the Gospel with someone. Why would He entrust so great and precious a message to us?

He didn’t. When we look closely at the process, we find that JESUS lives in each of us, JESUS calls us to join Him in His work, and JESUS motivates and empowers us to be obedient to Him in everything. He just wants us to know the role we have in His kingdom work. Let’s look at some verses:

We are fools for Christ…1 Corinthians 4:10a

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. 1 Corinthians 1:18

But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 1 Corinthians 1:23

Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. 1 Corinthians 3:18-19

John Piper has a neat insight into being a fool for Christ:

To be a faithful Christian — obedient to the word of God, truly wise — in Corinth, or the Areopagus of Athens where Paul was called a babbler. One of the smartest men in the first century — babbler. To be a Christian, to be obedient to God’s word, to be truly wise in Corinth, in Athens, and in the halls of an academic institution, you must become a fool.

Thoughtful fools? To be sure. Hope-filled fools? To be sure. Happy fools with lots of serious joy? To be sure. But fools, nevertheless — unashamed, happy fools. Not self-pitying, not dour, not defensive, not forlorn, not miserable, not “oh-poor-me” fools, but unashamed, happy, hope-filled fools for Christ.

For an entire transcript, see John Piper on Being a Fool for Christ

Paul tells the church at Corinth in 2 Corinthians 5 that we are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. In fact, He IS making His appeal through us because He lives in us and breathes to us His Life, His message, and His zeal. What we need to do is look for what He as called us to do, that which He has equipped us to do, and that for which we are motivated by Him to do. Ask God to reveal it to you. “Smallness” doesn’t count in God’s eyes; considering it small or insignificant is thinking with the wisdom of this world. Christ is the One who calls, equips and motivates us. When we are doing what He has asked us to do is when we will feel His Presence, enjoy His Participation, receive His Blessings of joy and peace, and we will see the world as He sees it: Lost and wandering in need of a Shepherd. We will love as He loves.

Let’s be fools for Christ by sharing with others what Christ has done for us and for them!

Testimony:

  1. What you were before meeting Christ.
  2. Meeting Christ and what He did for you.
  3. What walking with Christ is like now.
  4. Keep it short, sweet, and to the point.
  5. Have faith in the power of your testimony. It is fueled by Christ!

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