Wednesday 22 August, 2019
Fools for Christ
“We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless” (1 Corinthians 4:10-11 NIV)
About 17 years ago when I decided to follow Jesus, many of my age mates in my village looked at me as a fool. They had interpreted that I wouldn’t go for night clubs, have no girlfriends, drink not beer, and have more time in Church than with them. To them, the above was life, thus choosing to follow Jesus which probably included forsaking some of the above was considered foolish. This is contrary to the Gospel of salvation; life is not to be found in any of the above but in Christ. Believing in Jesus Christ is receiving eternal life.
I now know that if I had made a foolish decision, I am a fool for Christ. It is better to be a fool in Christ than in the world. After all, the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of the world (1 Corinthians 1:25), period. I know whose fool I am—fool for Christ. Brother Andrew who being a proud fool for Christ one time asked: “I am a fool for Christ… whose fool are you?”
Apostle Paul and others who forsook their past life and career to preach Christ Crucified were equally seen to be fools for Christ. He was rather proud of being a fool for Christ, because he was quite persuaded that the so called ‘foolish’ life was actually the real life. Today, many believers are being ridiculed for their faith in Christ. Are you one? Have you been tagged as a fool because of following Christ? Do not relent, for in being fools for Christ, we are being wise in the things of God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen my feeble knees to stand firm in faith in the midst of ridicule that I may hold fast to eternal life and reign with you forever. Amen!
Julius Izza Tabi, a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology student is a Minister in the Church of Uganda Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile and Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus. If you would like to support his ministry, sign in the form below.