The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written,
I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head,
I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots. (a)
So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.
(1 Corinthians 1:18-21, (a) Isaiah 29:14, MSG)
Have you ever watched someone’s behavior and thought to yourself, What a fool? Yet, that person is absolutely sure of his/her actions, willing to defend what he/she is doing, and quite capable of doing so. This is how the world sees believers. Where else can you find someone who willingly believes that a God, who cannot be seen, would send a baby to Earth to grow up and die for us? That this same God did this, so we don’t have to do good things to make up for the bad we did. Where else is there a teaching of grace, mercy, redemption, and forgiveness, that doesn’t require restitution of some kind from the person forgiven?
Believers may be seen as being weak, foolish, confused, or delusional by those who don’t know Christ and maybe don’t ever want to know Him. These past few weeks have been filled with natural disasters of all kinds; hurricanes, forest fires, earthquakes, floods, and recently volcanic eruptions. It is causing people to start looking at Scripture and try to find a deadline for Jesus’ return. When the days pass without His appearance, we tend to look like a fool even more. While I firmly believe Jesus’ return is something to pay attention to and for, it is still our mission, our purpose to share Christ. He is The Way to salvation, to redemption, grace, and forgiveness. We will not enter Heaven’s gates without Jesus.
So, I have come to refresh my commitment to Christ. As the days of His return come closer, I know there will be more and more who point fingers and call me a fool, but there will still be others who want to know more of Jesus. My salvation was not because I saved myself, but because I couldn’t. Jesus’ love for me was greater than His love for self-preservation. It is the grace I received through Him, His death in place of mine, that saved me. It is this same grace I want to share with others, so they too, may know the joy of being called a child of God (John 1:12).