Are you willing to be labeled a fool?

April 2, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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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 (NIV))

I love God’s sense of humor. There are so many subtle things that we take for granted or we completely overlook. Sunday, April 1, 2012 was just such a thing.

For those who may not understand what I am talking about, that particular Sunday was Palm Sunday. It is the beginning of what the church refers to as Holy Week with the culmination on Easter Sunday. I find it ammusing that Holy Week began on April Fool’s Day. This day, set aside by the world to play tricks and pranks, is often a day of some interesting “gotcha” moments.

I find it interesting how the world looks upon the cross as foolishness, and how the world thinks that a faith in Jesus is a big joke. This year, the week that the Body of Christ holds as the most holy actually had its beginnings on a day that society has labeled for fools. How many actually realized that it was April Fool’s Day? I honestly believe that the church was more focused on the yearly celebration that we know as Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem exactly as prophesied, to begin the series of events that would lead to his crucufixion and resurrection.

I will be honest with you.

I would rather be labeled a fool by this world for my faith in Jesus and the message of the cross. I find it an honor to have begun Holy Week as a fool in the eyes of the world. For the rest of this week, and hopefully all of my life, I will be proclaiming the message that the world sees as foolishness. I will proudly proclaim what I know to be the power of God.

How was you April Fool’s Day? Was it filled with “gotcha” moments or was it filled with the power of God in celebration of the events leading to the cross?

Are you willing to be labeled a fool?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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Are you acting the fool?

January 10, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.
(Proverbs 23:9 (NIV))

It is easy to think that you know what is best for yourself.

How many times have you seen someone who is caught in the very depths of a bad situation only to react in ways that only make the situation worse? This is considered foolishness, and we have all done it.

Now, consider the spiritual impact of these words. Everyone who is lost in their sin can be considered to be caught in the very depths of a bad situation.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))

Since we are all sinners, perhaps we could also all be considered foolish!

How many times did you scorn the wisdom of God’s Word and His plan for salvation before you finally accepted it? How many times have you strayed from God’s Word since accepting His grace and mercy even though you knew the results of your actions? That sounds foolish to me.

Fortunately, God did not want us to be lost in our sin and our foolishness. He sent His Son, Jesus, to be our savior. God even knew that we would, on occasion, act like a fool and ignore His Word and sin in spite of our saving grace. We must remember that we can always turn to God even after we act the fool. He doesn’t want us to live in our foolishness, but He will forgive our foolishness.

Are you acting the fool?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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