Jesus - Hope for the Foolish
1 Corinthians 1: 18-30 (NIV)
18 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. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt foolish? Just this week I was Christmas shopping at the mall when a man came up to me and said “Excuse me, do you know about the second bride of Christ and its relationship to the original bride of Christ?” After realizing he was serious, I was honest and replied “No sir, I have no idea what you’re talking about.” I immediately regretted my decision, as I was all of a sudden involved in a theological debate in the middle of Kirkwood mall with a borderline insane stranger. After I used the good ol’ fake phone call excuse to escape, I walked away feeling a little foolish and disappointed that I didn’t know my bible enough to put this guy in his place.
In our verse today, 1 Corinthians talks about the wisdom of God vs. the wisdom of the world. The wisdom of the world tricks us into thinking that God can only use the “veteran” christians, the smarter ones, or the more talented believers. But verse 26 says “Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.” That means you don’t have to be the smartest or most talented person in the room for God to be able to use you! Godly wisdom has nothing to do with winning debates or how much scripture you can understand, it has everything to do with how well you understand the love that God has for YOU and for his people. If you’re able to grasp that, you’re smart enough to do anything God calls you to.
By: Chancellor Myers