Foolish Wisdom

From a wealth perspective he seemed to have everything in his life sorted.

1 Corinthians 4:6-13

Reference: “We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: Before my uncle retired he was recognised as a very successful businessman. He had built a company from nothing and set his family up for life.

From a wealth perspective he seemed to have everything in his life sorted.

Although I was only starting out in my career it was clear I was going to take a different path to my uncle.

Having trained in theology I looked at where God could use me rather than where I would make the most money.

My uncle struggled with this thinking. Although I was very financially wise, it was not the main focus of my life.

He was happy to openly call me foolish when I mentioned a job opportunity I was considering. He knew I could earn more money elsewhere and couldn’t believe I would look into any kind of not-for-profit work.

Application: My uncle is not the only person in this world who makes decisions based on finances rather than faith. I’m a big believer in being able to support myself, but I’m an even bigger believer in God.

When people who don’t have a faith look at the decisions we make, we can look incredibly foolish. But it’s hard for them to understand the motives behind our choices.

There are times when we’re called to go against the ways of our current culture, even if it seems foolish.

Prayer: Lord, You know our hearts and our motives. May we live for You in all we do. Amen.

When have you been foolish for Christ?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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