Thursday, January 19, 2012

Will You Be A Fool?

 "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep 
to gain that which he cannot lose."
~ Jim Elliot

Based on the comments received on the post, I am No Fool, there seems to be a general tendency to avoid appearing foolish, at least among my readers.  We are willing to live quiet, sheltered lives to avoid being seen as a fool.  But I wonder, is this the life that God desires for us to live?

Did Jesus come to set us free so we could live a safe life?

Respectable Christians living in respectable homes, attending respectable churches, wearing respectable clothing and fake smiles....

We hold tightly to our things and loosely to our God....

It's more important for us to look good than to actually be good ....

God said " Be holy, because I am holy." (Lev. 11:45), but we are more concerned with keeping up with the Jones'.

We are living so contrary to the teaching of Jesus.
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
 
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.
 
And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

Is anything worth more than your soul?

If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Mark 8:34-38

 Will you be a fool for Him today?

Many blessings,

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11 comments:

  1. WOW!!!!! love this post I want to be a fool for Jesus I need some Holy Spirit intervention here Lisa! Great post sister

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  2. Wow Lisa... What a powerful post.

    I love the statement you made : "We hold tightly to our things and loosely to our God...." It's a painful fact, but for most of us a fact nonetheless. He wants us; all of us, and for us to open ourselves to Him with abandon.

    I want to be a fool for God!

    Have a Blessed Day my dear friend!

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  3. This really caught my eye! I don't know if you ever heard of John Wimber, founder of Vineyard Christian Fellowship? This was his mantra, so to speak. He always said, "I'm a fool for Chirst, who's fool are you?"

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  4. Thank you for the reminder to be a fool for Jesus. I want to be "the weird one" in my peer group if weird means I'm trying to live my life following Christ!

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  5. "Did Jesus come to set us free so we could live a safe life?" Nope. He's asked us to follow Him and trust Him with all our hearts.

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  6. These words jumped out at me "It's more important for us to look good than to actually be good." This is true of our culture and we have to ask ourselves if it is true of us. I pray the Lord will not allow me to be deceived but to live a holy life, even if that makes me a fool in the eyes of the world. Great post!!!

    P.S. I would be honored if you would join me as I embark on a new blog hop which encourages the sharing of inspiration each Friday. It opens tonight and you can learn about it here:

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  7. It reminds me of what Lisa Bevere says, "God did not save you to tame you." I want to be a fool for my God!

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  8. Fool for God posting here! Love the lesson. We belong to Him, not the other way around.

    Encouraging Thoughts for Life

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  9. I think I do care far too much about what other's think of me. it is always something to work on.

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  10. A fool for GOD is what I want to be! We hold tightly to our things and loosely to our God....I am guilty of that at times and I don't want to be. Thank you for encouraging us to be what we need to be for GOD...a fool! Yes!!

    Thank you Lisa. This is a great post.

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  11. I love this post. I love the song "fool for you" by Nichole Nordeman. It's been an anthem for me since I was a baby Christian over 10 years ago. Very very cool message. :)
    Blessings to you!

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