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A Fool For Jesus

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Psalms 14:1 (NKJV)

We’ve all grown up with April Fools' day here in the USA, and it is celebrated in many countries around the world.   And even though it is not actually known how it started, it has long been a favorite holiday as pranks are played on hopefully unsuspecting people.  It could be sending someone on a “fool's errand,” to look for things that don’t actually exist, to attempting to get people to believe ridiculous stories, or tales.  But the news and the pranks being generated on April 1st haven’t always been good.  Because of the frequency of April Fools' jokes and hoaxes, people have become apprehensive in taking the real news as something credible.

Such was the case in 1946 when an earthquake hit the Aleutian Islands resulting in a tsunami spreading from Hawaii to Alaska.  The reports of it coming were not taken seriously, because many people actually believed it was an April fools prank.  Unfortunately it wasn’t a prank and 165 people died that day.  In 1949 the pacific Tsunami Warning Center was established because of this.  To this day, the Hawaiian’s refer to this as the “April Fools’ Day Tsunami.”

It may seem hard to fathom these people lost their lives, all because they didn’t want to be thought a fool.  And yet it happens every day across the globe, as roughly 155-thousand people die each and every day, and a majority of these people do not believe in God, nor did they acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  To them the message of the cross is foolishness (1 Cor. 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. 1 Cor. 1:18 (NKJV)

Because of this we will likely encounter people who feel as though we are the fools because of our deep convictions about Jesus, the Bible, and the gospel message.  Let’s face it, none of likes to be thought of as a fool, but if loving Jesus makes us a fool, shouldn’t we accept whatever criticism befalls us as a result of our love for Him?  Call me, “A fool for Jesus” any day.

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Scriptures contained within this devotional, what do fools believe?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: If believing the gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing, are you willing to be a fool for Jesus?

APPLICATION: Let’s be committed to sharing Jesus with as many people as possible, even if we are thought to be fools.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for removing the scales from our eyes so we can see the truth.  Help us to share Jesus with as many people as possible.  Fill us with Your Spirit and give us Your word's and power.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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