Have you ever talked to someone whose life has been saved by a first responder? There is something different than the ordinary person. They have a new appreciation for life and sincere gratitude for the people who saved them. It is often hard to fully understand how they feel because we haven’t been there. Their life has been changed forever. That is similar to those who have put their faith in Jesus. They have been transformed by the power of God.
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved.
Looking the Fool
The Apostle Paul had no problem looking like a fool to those who didn’t know Jesus. He was able to endure their criticisms and their comments as he went about his business. What was it that made him able to do this? It was the power of God in his life. He wasn’t worried about what people said because he knew where he stood before God. He also knew that people are fickle. One moment they are saying one thing and the next they are saying the exact opposite.
People today are consumed with what others might think. They will obsess over a decision worrying about how others might react or what they might say. This only leads to spiritual paralyzation and renders most Christians ineffective in their work for the kingdom. Take a cue from Paul. He knew that those who don’t know Jesus will always look at our faith as foolishness. Why would we believe in something we can’t see?
The answer is simple: there is power in the salvation Jesus brings us. More than just forgiveness or getting our ticket into heaven, when Christ comes into our lives we are transformed. The old life we lived is dead, and we are brought into a new life. The Holy Spirit now guides us as we are being changed into the image of God. Those who don’t have faith in Him will never know this power. They will only be able to judge our actions by their limited understanding. Don’t worry about looking foolish to them. Continue to walk in faith.