Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Are you a fool for Christ?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

28th February 2010

In Proverbs 1:7 we read, ‘…fools despise wisdom and discipline’. While in 1 Corinthians 3:18 we are told that we ‘…should become a "fool"…’. Although these two verses seem almost paradoxical, it is clear that in the Bible, there are unwise fools and there are wise fools. One type of fool is an unthinking, thoughtless, careless person, one without true understanding. The second type of fool is someone who has received Christ and is laughed at by the world and called foolish and ridiculous.

So, who are the unwise fools? Here are some examples:

The Atheistic Fool

‘The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."…’ (Psalm 14:1; 53:1). In Hebrew the word "fool" actually means, "There is no God for me.” This is the atheistic fool. Some are believing atheists, in other words they believe there is no God. Others are practicing atheists, in other words they profess to believe in God, but they live as if there is no God. They believe in God with their minds. They may go to church, but they live as though God does not exist. Either way, the Bible says they are fools.

The Mocking Fool

‘Fools mock at sin…’ (Proverbs 14:9, NKJV).The Bible tells us that we have all sinned against God and that we are under the sentence of death (Romans 3:23; 6:23). To mock sin is to live with the consequence of it—eternal death, the judgment to come, separation from God, hell. That indeed would be foolish.

The Slandering Fool

‘…whoever spreads slander is a fool’ (Proverbs 10:18). That includes passing along an evil story about others, maligning other people's characters, wrecking their reputations by evil gossip. The Bible says that gossiping is a sin. And yet how frequently that sin is committed, even by people who call themselves Christian! Gossiping is a terrible sin in the sight of God, and God says that person is a fool.

The Doubting Fool

After Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was raised again, He appeared before two disciples who were on the way to Emmaus. The disciples were sad. They were disappointed. They were disillusioned. They were mumbling and groaning. Then a Man joined them, but they didn't recognize Him. As He talked with them, He enquired "Why are you so sad" and they answered, "Haven't You heard all the happenings in Jerusalem during the past week about this Jesus who did wonderful things? We thought He was the Messiah. We thought He had come to save the world, but He was killed. Now the third day is past, and we heard rumours that He was raised from the dead" (Cf. Luke 24:18-24). And then Jesus said, ‘…"How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!’ (V.25). In other words, the doubting fool is one who has the Word of God in his hands, who reads it and yet doubts the promises of God.

The Covetous Fool

Jesus told the story about a rich man and his barns. The man built his barns bigger, and he said, ‘…I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."’ (Luke 12:19). But God said, '…You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' (V.20). You see, the rich man tried to find happiness in the wrong place; in his money. But in the sight of God he was a fool who had laid up treasures on earth but nothing in heaven. How many of us are in this same category?

But thankfully there are those who are wise fools:

The Saved Fool

This kind of fool has eternal salvation. ‘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 Corinthians 1:18). What the world counts as foolish we have rested our eternal salvation on. When you accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord and turn your back on the pleasures and the materialism of this world, people will think you are a fool. Those of us who know Jesus Christ have Him in our hearts. The Holy Spirit produces love and joy and peace, like a mighty river flowing through our hearts, no matter what the troubles and the circumstances may be. Oh, yes, we may go through a lot of suffering and we go through death, but it is not the same as with a non-believer. For the Christian, the sting of death has been removed. There is joy and peace in the midst of it. Whatever happens to us, Christ is with us in every circumstance. And then we have all glory ahead, eternity forever with Him.

Are you an unwise fool? Or are you willing to be a fool for Christ?

The choice is yours to make.

Have a good week being a fool for Christ.

Pastor Barry

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