A "fool" for Christ, that is.
The apostle Paul says, "If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a 'fool' so that he may become wise" (1 Corinthians 3:18). Which means that what GOD thinks is important is quite different than what the WORLD thinks is important. The world values power, prestige, possessions. God values submission, selflessness, sacrifice. 1 Corinthians 1: "The message of the CROSS is foolishness" to the world. But "God chose the foolish things ... the weak things ... the despised things."
Most people look to be on the top ... to be the best ... to out-man, out-pace, out-score, out-gun. Most seek glory by what they do or what they own ... to be better, to be noticed.
But consider how Jesus Christ turned glory on its head!
- Matthew 16: Jesus has just told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Then he says, "Some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
- Matthew 20: The mother of James and John comes to Jesus with the request, "Grant that one of these sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom." Jesus replies, "You don't know what you are asking ... These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father."
- Matthew 27: They crucified Jesus. "Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left."
So if God's power and wisdom are found in what the world calls foolish ... I WANT TO BE FOOLISH for Christ. Paul said in Romans 1:16, "I am unashamed of the Gospel" ... which is the CROSS ... "because it is the POWER of GOD for the salvation of everyone who believes."
So, here's what I believe: God has rescued me in Christ. He has set me apart to be His own child. God has called me into a life that seems utterly foolish to many people — taking up self-sacrifice and humility and service in His name.
In a word: now that God has called me in Christ ... he calls me to be UNCOMMON.
My church, this next week, is setting out on a 40-week journey of faith and spiritual growth. We're calling the journey, UNCOMMON. We're using these words from Colossians 3:1-3 as a basis for the next 40 weeks: "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God."
Setting your hearts and minds on things above means viewing life and success in very different terms than what we hear in the news and in sports and in politics. It means being rather UNCOMMON.
I'm excited to see what God is going to do. What He'll do in me, what He'll do in my family and in my church family during this school year.
Check out this intro video ... and wherever you are (not just the people of Faith, Appleton), feel free to join us on the UNCOMMON journey.
2 Peter 3:18 — "Continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
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