I AM A FOOL
I have wasted my life until now, doing everything I could to avoid being a fool. I am sure I had many reasons that I thought would explain my foolishness.
Who was I being a fool for?
The ironic thing is……..
by trying to avoid being a fool and being so fixated on “fitting in,” I lost what chance I had of actually finding any kind of wisdom. Without realizing it, I was actually a bigger fool than I knew.
Like most youth, I spent my earlier days trying to stay in touch with what “other” people thought was cool. This is not to say that I was ever able to actually achieve the coveted state of “coolness” but I did waste a lot of time searching for it.
My daughter called me when she was in high school one day, to announce that she had made the cheer leading squad. She was so excited – and I was too. This is something that made her very happy, and of course, I was so happy for her too!
A few months later, my daughter called again, this time it was to tell me she had been “removed” from the cheer leading squad. She explained that “they” didn’t like the kids she hung out with and informed her that she needed to hang out with the “right” kids (three guesses who the “right” kids were – and the first two don’t count) or risk being being removed. The “kids” in question, were students that she gave part of her lunch hour to who were having problems with schoolwork. As you can imagine, these kids were not exactly the “cool” kids in school. I was so sad for my daughter, but then she made me so happy and proud when she explained that she told “them” that she had more important things to do.
This situation reminds me of when the Pharisees asked the disciples why their master was eating with the publicans and sinners: the “bad” people in the village……
Matthew 9:11-12 “And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?”
12 “But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.”
In that instant, despite her disappointment and sadness, my daughter gained more wisdom than I could ever claim I had when I was in school!
My daughter has been a great example to me of how to ignore the world so as to see God clearly.
I guess now that I am beginning to slide down the backside of this life, I am not so concerned with the world. In fact, since I have been living for God and my focus has been on Christ, I am like a magnet that opposes the world.
By the world’s definition ~ I am a fool.
1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
Jesus was a fool
Okay, before you burn me at the stake here, please indulge me a few radical thoughts.
Yes, Jesus was the wisest man to ever walk on this planet. Yet, he CHOSE to be made a fool; to appear to be a fool.
Fool ~ noun www.dictionary.com
1: a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.
I think you would agree with me that Jesus wasn’t stupid, nor that he lacked judgement or sense, right? Is there anyone who thinks that Jesus was silly?
2: a professional jester, formerly kept by a person of royal or noble rank for amusement: the court fool.
I am going to take a chance that you would again agree with me when I say that Jesus was “kept” by no one, nor that he ever conformed to even the religious leaders of the time.
3: a person who has been tricked or deceived into appearing or acting silly or stupid: to make a fool of someone.
Do you think Jesus was “tricked” or “deceived” into dying for the world?
4: an ardent enthusiast who cannot resist an opportunity to indulge an enthusiasm.
I believe the only time Jesus really “indulged” in his enthusiasm was when he “backed up what he preached” by dying for the world. Oh, then there were the countless times we know of when he healed and performed other miracles. I am guessing that you could consider those instances as “ardent enthusiasm.”
5: a weak-minded or idiotic person.
Does anyone really think that Jesus was a “weak minded” person? I find it interesting to note that the “wise” people of his time, with all the education and nobility they had among them, thought Jesus was an idiot!
Jesus did not oppose the world ~ he was here to save it!
We know Jesus was the son of God. We know that Jesus was God manifest as a man. It wasn’t God himself that thought Jesus was a fool, but surely the world did right?
My thoughts turn to David, a mere shepard boy, who stood up to Goliath. Everyone laughed at him, even his own people, who thought he was a fool to even try such a thing. But God knew David was no fool! It’s not so much that David even knew himself to be strong enough to be victorious over Goliath. I think he just obeyed God, and trusted him so much, that he was willing to look like a fool – and even die – in order to obey him.
The pharisees thought Jesus was just a heretic loser; a lunatic that they could talk the Romans into killing for them. Once he died, they could be rid of his strange, radical ways, they must have thought.
But what they could not seem to understand, was that this “fool” was actually here to save them!
As my daughter used to say….“they just didn’t get it.”
As Jesus was led through the streets, beaten, bruised, and bleeding, many must have thought he was a fool. The Roman governor, Pontius Pilot most surely thought Jesus was a fool because he offered him every way out of a gruesome fate and yet Jesus didn’t even offer a defense.
Jesus knew just how lost man was in this world. As he hung in his suffering, he still asked God to forgive those who were killing him because he knew just how lost they were. Jesus got it.
Jesus’s knowledge of salvation and how much God loves man, and the fact that he was willing to die to carry out God’s will, did not make him a fool.
But you couldn’t tell the religious crowd that could you?
Those who ignored his teachings, were the real fools.
Jesus was transformed by God, from what the world thought was a foolish man, to a radiant and eternal form of heavenly glory.
It brings me joy now when the world thinks me a fool because I know that God will transform me, this weak body, weak mind, into a perfect, heavenly being.
With that kind of promise…..what could this world possibly offer to make me want anything else?
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
“I don’t really care if anyone labels me a Jesus Freak…..”