1Co 4:9 Instead, I sometimes think God has put us apostles on display, like prisoners of war at the end of a victor's parade, condemned to die. We have become a spectacle to the entire world—to people and angels alike.
1Co 4:10 Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed. (NLT)
As believers and followers of Christ there is a calling on us to restore the presence of God to a world that has been void since the time of Adam. Jesus said that we are to be the "light of the world", and a light flickers and dances in every direction. Many times just the pursuit of the Lord seems silly. We feel that we are made to look foolish in the face of so many that claim to be wise. One thing that we should all understand and accept is that there will always be a persecution to radically pursuing God. You will be ridiculed for you perseverance in seeking the presence of Holy Spirit. The key to a fruitful life is to embrace that fact with the knowledge of God's plan. 1Co_1:27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; (NKJV)
God knew that the logic of man would be clouded with the desires and cares of the flesh. But His logic, or "Logos" (the word which means the written word, or for us the Bible) would come from His desire to have His creation (Man) come back into relationship with Him through their free will. His logic brings life where our logic brings self-centeredness that leads us away from Him.
When discussing foolishness it's almost a prerequisite to talk about David and his dancing before the Lord. As I began to study this scripture, I became aware of some points to make in the time leading up to his dance. Prior to David becoming King, the Ark of the Covenant was housed in the home of Abinadab, the son of Jesse, David's father. All of Abinadab's family lived in the presence of the Ark, and there by in the presence of the Spirit of God. They became familiar with it, and perhaps even lessened the significance of it in their own heart. So when David decided to move the Ark into the city of David, he brought a large procession of priests and servants to order the movement. Uzzah, the son of Abinadab was also in the procession. As they neared the gate of the city, the cart on which the ark traveled became unsteady and the ark itself risked being toppled so Uzzah raised his hand and steadied it. The scriptures say that God was angered at Uzzah and struck him dead on the spot. As I studied this I couldn’t understand why God was angry with him. Wasn't he only trying to save the Ark from falling? Then the realization came to me that it wasn't the touch that angered God, but the casualness in which Uzzah approached Him. When I say (or more specifically the Bible says) that we should be "Fools for Christ" that is not to say that we should ever be casual in our approach of Him. We should always respect and reverence His spirit, even in our Christian walk today we must understand that the gift of the Holy Spirit that God gave us is not valueless because it was a gift, but is INVALUABLE because it is a gift from God.
As David witnessed the power of God's spirit, he became afraid of the Ark and thought "this is too powerful to live in the city with us". So he hid it away in the house of Obed-Edom just outside the city gates.
Too often, we enjoy the nearness of Holy Spirit but are afraid to give Him freedom to live among us. We begin to worry about our appearance or our reputation so we hide the presence of the Lord under our own worldly cloak. David witnessed the blessing that came to the house of Obed-Edom and recognized the Spirit of the Lord to be something to draw near to. David returned to Obed-Edom's house and brought God's spirit into the city with gladness, stopping every six paces and sacrificed Oxen and fatted sheep. He showed reverence to the Gift that is Holy Spirit. As the Ark moved David began stripping off his royal clothes and danced before the Lord's spirit. He was stripping off the cloak of earthly kingdoms and allowing the Glory of God to arrive. He was certainly looked down on and thought to be a fool. The Bible even says that his wife "Hated" him for his actions. However, the actions that were seen to be foolish in the worlds eyes were seen to be Worship in God's.
Throughout the Word of God there are many examples of the foolishness of God's plan ushering in the presence of His Holy Spirit. Here are a few…
- He sends an Angel to tell a young lady that she will become pregnant and bear the Messiah of the world even though she has not Known a man.
- Christ had to die that you and I would be made alive!
1Co 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God
- We are the Image of the Unseen in the Seen.
2Co 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
- Noah, build a boat to survive a flood (that they had never heard of) created by Rain (that they had never seen)
- Signs and wonders follow them that believe. We must believe in Him before we see them.
In the end is this, Jesus ascended into Heaven that He might send the promise of His power and authority to us. If we can put aside a casual attitude towards Him and receive Him fully into ourselves, the gift of His Holy Spirit will empower the church to change the world with Glories never before seen. I believe that He is calling His bride to a new glory. The glory of an empowered church moving in dominion and not subject to the whims of politicians and false leaders. I am excited to be Foolish for Christ. To see things unthinkable before. I am excited to see sickness free zones of God's people where "by His stripes you were healed" is more than a cliché. An age where the lost and dying seek out God's people to hear about a God that desires a life giving relationship with them.
Listen for His voice, follow His word, don't be afraid to step out in boldness to see souls saved.
1Co 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.