Today’s Thought and Scripture
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. 19For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For 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. 22Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
26Brothers, 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.27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It 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. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 1:18-31
This passage that I read this morning in my devotions is pretty self-explanatory. Unless God opens the eyes of a non-believer, he or she will think of us as fools. The message of the cross is so different from everything else the world teaches. Christians are the most persecuted and mocked group in the world today. We along with the Jews bear the brunt of this world’s scorn and hatred. Why? Because through us the message of truth is shown to the world. But the fact is this world and most of it’s people are blind and will never see the truth.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 2 Cor. 4:3-5
Satan is the god of this world. He is the one who hates us and the Jews. The Jews because they are the nation that God used to bring salvation to the world through His Son Jesus Christ and to us because we have found that message and carry it to the world. Satan will try everything to wipe us off the face of the earth and can I tell you that the persecution of Christians around the world will increase. Will you stand for Him no matter what happens? We are strangers and aliens in this world. This is not our home and though I may be a Canadian citizen, my true citizenship is in heaven. We must stand in the truth we have been given. Too many churches and denominations are now compromising and are no longer standing in that truth. They have embraced the lie. We can not look to or hope to be accepted by this world because it never will accept us. They will always hate us and human nature is such that you always hate that which you don’t understand. We can’t compromise the gospel to win the world’s favour.
Jesus said in John 15:19: If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
Rejoice in the message of the cross today. Even though you may look foolish. Even though others may laugh at you and ridicule you and believe me they will, because they don’t understand. So dance, sing and let them see the light you have been given and many eyes and hearts that are around you may just be opened to that light and truth and become a fool just like us.
Today’s Worship Songs
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1. The Mighty Hand of God – Citizens & Saints
2. Something to Say – Starfield
3. Keep Making Me – Sidewalk Prophets
4. It Must Be You – Bart Millard
5. Love Them Like Jesus – Casting Crowns
6. Carry Me On Your Back – Leeland
7. This is the Day – Phil Wickham
God bless and keep you – Gerry Desjardins
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