Reading through the New Testament was a goal of mine as a new believer. I had memorized certain verses during my childhood, but I could not see how they were linked together. I completed a Bible study, which helped, but I was still hungry for more. I found much to “chew on” when I began reading Paul’s letters to the Corinthians.
First Corinthians 1:17-18 says, For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
I had never thought about the Cross being foolish to those who are not saved, yet here it was in black and white. The more I reflected on the verses, the more I realized the truth. I certainly had lived as if the Cross was a foolish thing before I accepted Christ.
I continued to read and annotate the chapter as if Paul were my professor.
Where is the one who is wise? . . . Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. . .For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men (1 Corinthians 1:20, 21, 25).
The image of a weak Heavenly Father amused me, but Paul’s comparison of strong men still being weaker than a weak God resonated. I was still learning about the facets of God and the idea of His strength was new to me.
It was around this same time a friend called me a fool. I was a bit hurt, a bit angry, and started to defend myself, when he said, “Don’t you know that? So am I! Here, let me show you.” My friend opened his Bible to the very chapter I was studying.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God, (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).
And there it was.
God is the one who is bigger, stronger, wiser, than anyone. Period. It does not matter if we have multiple degrees or did not finish high school. If we are believers then we have been chosen by God to live out the Faith we profess as a way to give God the glory of it all.
His faithfulness to us is from His love for us, not because of any skill, talent, or degree we may have. It’s all through Him that we can do anything.
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written “Let the one boasts, boast in the Lord,” (1 Corinthians1:30-31).
There you have it.
We are fools. Fools used by God for His glory, His purpose. Fools redeemed, sanctified, and made righteous because of Jesus Christ. And for this I will boast.
God is faithful and I am grateful.