Every society has its defining principals. The “Protestant Work Ethic”, has played a significant role in western societies, especially Canada and the U.S.. We have a been raised on the idea that, by working hard and being determined, we can be successful. It is not to imply that this only applies to protestants, but rather that this was a motivating principal of early immigrants to North America and their descendants. It is this very idea that undermines our ability to receive from God. Everyone claims that they want to go to heaven, and that they want to change. But they attempt to attain these goals by the rules and principals of this world. The rules of this world say, “that we have to work hard to get ahead, to be successful”. But in God’s Kingdom everything works by His free gift.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
It is for this reason that rich and successful people have a difficult time entering God’s Kingdom. They have become successful through their own efforts and that has become their M.O. ( method of operation ) The Kingdoms of this world are gradually winding to a close, to be replaced by the Kingdom of God. God’s Kingdom is a kingdom delivered to the weak, the poor and the foolish as a free gift. The rise of the foolish is part of the new governing principals of the kingdom to come. The rise of the foolish and the end of self reliance. God’s blessing, and approval will be demonstrated in the lives of those who can’t earn them and don’t deserve them but who have received them as a God’s free gift. Foolish by this world’s standard but blessed by God’s standard. Will you receive God’s gift, an entrance into His eternal Kingdom.
1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.