Be a Fool For Christ, Fool’s Gold

Fool’s for Christ’s Sake, 1 Corinthians 4:6-13

I read this passage the NKJV Study Bible this morning. The language is striking so I checked out the footnotes (I don’t always do that). The footnotes really really did shed light no what Paul says it means to be a fool for Christ.

Starting with 1 Corinthians 4:6-7, the footnotes added value. In these verses, Paul is asking the church to remain humble. Apparently, this was not seen as a virtue in Greek culture at the time. Paul is asking the church to stand apart from the culture to be Godly. I was raised to understand that humility was a virtue, but I am not sure that is true of the broader American culture. I look at the winner of a recent popularity contest (2016 U.S. presidential election) who is anything but humble.

The Language in 1 Corinthians 4:8-10, if I gather rightly, contrasts the inflated egos of the church with how they are perceived from the outside. Paul observes the Corinthian believers are full, rich, and reigning as kings. Meanwhile in Rome, followers of Christ have become a ‘spectacle‘.

1 Corinthians 4:11-13 notes the contrasts of how the world viewed the Corinthians (former) and how they viewed themselves (latter):

  • fool’s vs. wise
  • weak vs. strong
  • dishonored vs. distinguished

Paul lists the suffering he has endured in his ministry: hunger and thirst, poorly clothed, beaten and homeless, reviled, persecuted, defamed, and made filth.

Yet, the apostles labor, bless, endure, and entreat.

If our own dignity smudged for the sake of Christ, we may count it as honor. So let me be a fool for Christ!

See my other humble ponderings: Guy Humble

The Seventy-Two

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two
Luk 10:1  After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
Luk 10:2  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly isgreat, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Luk 10:3  Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
Luk 10:4  Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.


Interesting to see that this was referenced here:

Numbers 11: 24-25
24  And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.
25  And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.


God uses groups of seventy (or seventy-two) that he gives incredible power to perform miracles. I like to just sit back and think about existing as a part of one of those groups. Or even seeing one of those groups in action.

Great and Mighty God make my faith great. Make it as if I had been one of the seventy-two that Jesus sent ‘as lambs among the wolves’.

Genesis 15

Abrahamic covenant:

First, there was the promise of land (Genesis 12:1). When God called Abram, he was living in Ur of the Chaldeans, and God told him to move to another land that God would show him. That land turned out to be Canaan (Genesis 12:6-7), but it would be several more generations before Israel took full possession of that land (Joshua 22:1-6). 

Second, there was the promise of descendants as numerous as the sand on the seashore, or the stars in the sky, who would bless the whole earth (Genesis 22:17-18). God told Abraham that his descendants would become a great nation, with mighty kings (Genesis 17:6). 

Third, there was the promise that God would bring blessing and redemption to all people through Abraham’s people. God made this promise again to Isaac (Genesis 21:1226:3-4) and again to Jacob (Genesis 28:14-15). Despite the sins in the lives of all three patriarchs, God’s unconditional promise stands. Since he was the only participant in the covenant, there is no way for the actions of any human to make the promise null and void.


This passage sent me traveling down an internet wormhole researching Covenant Theology vs. Dispensationalism.

There are a couple other notable parts of the covenant. God promised that Abram’s descendants would be in slavery for 400 years. 400 YEARS!! God promised that after the slavery, the descendants would emerge with great riches. I mean, who can comprehend this time frame and the rewards?

Luke 7


39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.”


Are there people that you believe are sinner’s that are unworthy of companionship?

People that do disgusting deeds?

People that hold abhorrent views?

God can forgive them all through Jesus.

Sin as Monetary Debt

41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”


The NKJV Study Bible mentions in the notes that ‘Jesus often compared sin to a monetary debt.

That is fascinating and requires more thought.

What are the similarities of sin and monetary debt? Both certainly feel awful.

Here is a list of times the Bible compares sin and monetary debt and some further conversation about this.

Mighty Men

1 Chronicles

Reflections on 1 Chronicles 11

I do not remember learning much about the men spoke of in 1 Chronicles 11:10-47 in Sunday School when I was growing up. But I sure wish I would have!

God provided wonderfully powerful men to David to make him king. It is interesting to me that these warriors are spoken of as heroes and highly regarded. Their deeds are certainly celebrated.

For instance:

22 Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who [k]had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. 23 And he killed an Egyptian, a man of great height, [l]five cubits tall. In the Egyptian’s hand there was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear. 24 These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and won a name among three mighty men. 25 Indeed he was more honored than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard.


God’s promise to David implies (to me) that God approves of the actions of these men and the battles they fought and won.

“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel.

Why Is There So Much Distress In The World?

Reflections on Psalm 10

What sort of grand plan does God have that has not been revealed to us?

Every day is full of wonder and beauty; yet for everything and every event that produces joy, there is a counter.   For instance: the beauty of the mountains vs. the ugliness of a landfill; the touching kindness of volunteers and altruists vs. the cruelty of dictators and criminals; the ecstasy achieved in athletics vs. the devastation of disease.

In Psalm 10, the psalmist focuses on the evil that men do and asks why God does not intervene. Not only that, the psalmist notes that evil men appear to be experiencing victory at the expense of the poor.

The NKJV study bible contains a comment on Psalm 10:1, the first line: “Why do you stand afar off, O Lord”. The note states that “these are classic words of lament or morning”. Indeed, this is a classic question.

Why does God allow such suffering as we see in the world?

What is His plan?