Ryan Bruce/ The Gathering The Fools & The Foolish Series (# 2 of 2) To Hear this message and others go to THEGATHERINGHG.COM
We discussed last week how the fool says in their heart that their is no God… In this respect the Christian is no fool; however, he can certainly choose to act foolishly.
THE CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE A “FOOL” TO THE WORLD 1 Corinthians 3: 18-19, 1 Corinthians 1: 23-25, Proverbs 11: 2
The long journey of faith begins with the very difficult task…of humility. Humility is something that goes against every part of our human nature! Pride is what the world teaches, practices, and strives to build up. However, the Christian must recognize that at the introduction of repentance is humility. Only with humility is salvation attainable.
1 Corinthians 3: 18-19 states that we must do away with whatever wisdom we gained from the world and become foolish (in the standards of this world) to have true wisdom (that comes from God). The wisdom of God is not what your neighborhood taught you, it is not what your parents taught you, It doesn’t come from a textbook or self-help magazines. True wisdom only comes from the knowledge of God! And… I hate to break it to you, but the world thinks that is plain stupid.
Christians should not be ashamed or brought down by the fools of the world (Those who do not believe in God). We should stand for truth! Far too often believers shamefully cower from the bullies of the world. We must recognize our pride is not in the applause of men but in the master we claim to worship! 1 Corinthians 1 : 23-25, We serve a mighty God who’s wisdom is so beyond the world’s view that they fail to understand it!
The Christian forfeits true wisdom when he holds onto his pride over his faith. Proverbs 11: 2
THE FOOLISH CHRISTIAN Matthew 7: 24-27, Galatians 6: 7-10
Jesus was clear on the Christian response to the truth of the word in Matthew 7: 24-27. He mentions a few key Words in this passage concerning a “wise man”:
The first word to take note of is “hears.” The wise man first hears the word! As a wise believer in Christ you must hear and read the words of wisdom before anything else.
The second word to take note of is “acts” or “practices”. Only a fool hears wisdom and does not follow through with action! If I guaranteed you an easy job with great pay and benefits and you were a no show, the world would call you foolish. Christians, if you hear wisdom and truth and don’t apply it, you are a foolish Christian!
Notice that the foolish man hears but does not act and the result is destruction. How sad it is to see Christians fall into destruction because of their lack of action. The believer must understand that hearing without action is a dead faith! Many belittle, even mock, the wisdom of God as Christians. They have integrated human, worldly wisdom into their faith and their house (life) will fall when the storms (hard times) come.
Galatians 6: 7-9 warns us concerning mocking Gods’ truth. Many “Christians” have moved from the things of God. They claim faith, yet live for their own flesh. They hear and do not practice truth and have chosen the folly of the world to guide them. God will not be mocked, we will reap what we sow!
The sad stories of wavering Christians are always the same. They call themselves Christians and don’t live according to the truth they profess. Storms (trials) they bring on themselves wreck their faith and they ask why? We will reap what we sow church!
DO NOT LOOSE HEART AND STAND FIRM Galatians 6: 9-10, Romans 1: 16-17
Christians, let us not be ashamed of the gospel! We cannot worry about the approval of men or concern ourselves with the world’s foolishness. We must be consumed by the wisdom of God. We must hear it and act on it. Let our hearts desire be to deliver the truth and wisdom of God to a lost world of fools. Let the mockers mock as the Christian takes heart in their midst.