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March 31, 2014

Being a fool for Jesus Christ has its rewards!

Oddly enough, April Fool’s Day brings with it all kinds of interesting thoughts from God’s word.

Some of them stem from stories of Godless people, or from the foolish behavior of God’s children, both of whom learned over and over the hard way that God’s way is best.

King David made some very foolish (and sinful) choices including adultery, lying, and even murder to cover up his sin. But he is still listed in the Bible as a man after God’s own heart. Why? He ultimately he returned to God. He grew in his understanding and love for God, meditating on His word, and honoring God as the Creator and Sustainer of all things.

Many of us, me included, have acted foolishly, detouring from God’s righteous path at times. The good news is that God allows His children (just like David) to trade in our foolish and worldly ways, in exchange for His ways.   

In 1 Corinthians 4:10 Paul says, “We are fools for Christ’s sake.” He is speaking to Christians in Corinth regarding how the world views the apostles, those called personally by God to spread the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. So in that sense, April Fool’s Day could also commemorate those Christians over the years who have sacrificed their personal comforts, social standing, and financial gain in exchange for imitating Christ, and living the humble life of a Christian. Paul learned this firsthand, and wrote about it.

“11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world right up to this moment (1 Cor. 4:11-13).”

Although some in this world understand that the life of a Christian is a worthy calling, many more think Christians along with our beliefs are nothing but foolishness.

In the end, the Bible says most will experience eternal destruction, while those whose lives reflected the belief that Jesus is the Son of God will hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master (Matt. 25:23).”  

Have a blessed week, and make it count!

Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ at (918) 478-2222 or barrett@ftgcc.org.

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