(This article is a republished work from two years ago on Selah Musings)
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.
1 Corinthians 1:18 (CSB)
I really have to apologize today because, I am deviating a bit from my normal practice when writing a scripture blog.
Typically I will keep my devotional scriptures and the content of my articles separate. However, today’s devotions kept speaking a message to me that I simply had to put into a post. So you will see a bit of overlap between today’s ‘Devotional Passages’ and this article. And no, I’m not just being lazy.
The Word of God doesn’t make much sense to the lost, without some prompting from the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 1:18 spells it out clear. That which the perishing find to be foolishness; is in fact the very power from which God projects His power.
Christians often hear this and consider they have a leg up on the rest of the world and I guess that is true. True believers in the message of the cross, do stand in a better position than those who are not.
But that isn’t where this ends. Once saved, we have an obligation to live in accordance with the will of Christ. This isn’t just a ‘good idea’ it is critical.
If we live just as the world does we are no better off than the world. We are bonded to Christ, so what dealing does our blood washed spirit have to do with the world?
We live in the world, but should never be of the world.
Don’t become partners with those who do not believe. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, as God said:
I will dwell and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.
2 Corinthians 6:14-16 (CSB)
Salvation comes with a house guest. The Spirit of the Living Christ dwelling in us. He cleanses us pure as can be so that He can make His dwelling place in us.
And yet so many stop short, choosing to identify with the world, live as the world lives, take part in all the world has to offer. Neglecting that which Christ has sacrificed Himself to provide for us.
“A good tree doesn’t produce bad fruit; on the other hand, a bad tree doesn’t produce good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs aren’t gathered from thornbushes, or grapes picked from a bramble bush. A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
Luke 6:43-45 (CSB)
If we are in Him and He in us, then we will be showing the results in what we produce. If we aren’t seeing the evidence of the one that gives us our salvation, then we can assuredly know that, we are not living in accordance to His will.
It doesn’t get any clearer than that. You either are producing the fruit that you are born to or have allowed sin to graft itself into your daily life.
I’m not scorning you for what your life is. That is between you and Jesus. You know, and He knows. Just too many of us choose to not recognize sin slowly eroding our relationship with Him.
For those that find themselves in that position, there is a remedy. It is repentance. Giving up those things that stand between us and God and give Him your love and devotion. Allow the Holy Spirit to search you and find those things that corrupt, and flush them out.
Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thoughts from far away. You observe my travels and my rest; you are aware of all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue, you know all about it, Lord. You have encircled me; you have placed your hand on me.
This wondrous knowledge is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it.
Psalms 139:1-6 (CSB)
The Word of God is foolishness to the world. Many of us ‘Christians’ foolishly squander the Grace bestowed on us. I believe that foolishness is worse than the worlds. For to hold the gift of God’s Grace, Forgiveness, and Love in our hearts and cover it with the rags of the world, is truly foolish and a disgrace.