The Rise Of The Foolish

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.

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7 thoughts on “The Rise Of The Foolish

  1. Hey man,

    I agree with the main thrust of your post, but I think you went a bit far with this comment – “But in God’s Kingdom everything works by His free gift.” If you had said “everything starts with His free gift,” I’d be with you, but in my experience, too many Christians (including me at times) treat their service to God as an add on. They don’t put the same effort into it as they do their jobs, hobbies, etc. Sometimes they even try to present their lack of prepardness and laziness as being “Spirit-led”. I realize this wasn’t the main point of the blog, but that’s what sprang to mind when I read the line. Hope you don’t mind the criticism. I tried to be tactful.

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    • Thanks Chris for your Input and for your criticism.

      The fact that we misuse God’s free gift doesn’t change the fact that it is still always free. I am not saying that God doesn’t expect us to change, He does. God is always drawing us into a deeper, closer walk with Him, with the intent that we would begin to manifest His nature. But nevertheless, the Kingdom is still free, it was purchased by the blood of Jesus. It wasn’t purchased by he blood of Jesus and your prayers, nor was it purchased by the blood of Jesus and my effort. It was purchased by Christ and Christ alone. Like a seed planted in us, the kingdom begins to grow and begins to manifest it’s nature in us. We can choose to cooperate or not cooperate but the seed is free and the kingdom is free, our effort more often than not hinders the process. It is about accepting that it is a work of God in us that we need to yield our will to. I recognize that we often do not do the things we are suppose to do, ( see previous blogs ” Out Of Control” and “Ah…the meaning of life!” ) and that we often try to justify our ungodly actions. But that is meat for another Blog.

      Tim

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  2. We are to be stewards with what God has given us. Finding the pearl of great price, should be so important to us that we don’t misuse it. My response to God through Jesus is only because he first loved us. I love him back. My reaction to how that is done should be of great importance .As with any love relationship we want to be with the person we love. If God needs us to extend a little further, we do because we love him. If he needs us to provide a need, we do because we love him. If he needs us ( for our own sake ) to forgive someone who treats us poorly , we do because we love him. Treasuring that relationship is what is important. And then of course because we love him and he is so important to us..the tasks he asks are not that hard. I pray that we all treasure our relationship to God through Jesus. For truley without him we are nothing.

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  3. Tim
    I enjoy your posts. I do think there’s a balance between what you said and what Chris said. It’s the age old “clash of ideas” between those that emphasise God’s grace and free gift of salvation (not of works lest any man should boast) and what comes AFTER accepting that salvation, namely as James said, “faith without works is deas”. He goes on to say that just believing and saying “I believe” is not an excuse to think that there’s nothing else. Jesus himself said, “when I was hungry you fed me (or didn’t), when I was naked you clothed me (or didn’t), when I was in prison you visited me (or didn’t0…. inasmuch as you did (or did not) do it unto those who are (were) in such condition, you did it (didn’t do it) unto me.

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    • Paul, fruit is fruit. An apple tree is an apple tree for many years before there is any fruit, as is the case with many other fruit bearing plants and animals. And since fruit doesn’t develop overnight and is a result, not a prerequisite, it doesn’t change the point of the blog. God looks on the heart, we look on the external. The kingdom can still only be received freely.

      See my response to Chris

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