“Brothers and sisters:
Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel,
and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,
so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.
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 1:17-18
I remember almost 15 years ago when I first started preaching on the streets of St. Louis, I felt like such a fool at first. It was very hard to just get motivated. I would go on
the corner of Cook & Grand in North St. Louis City and set up my little music stand, my bible, and my bullhorn. It was so hard to get motivated to just open my mouth. Imagine yourself on the street corner, in a rough neighborhood, with people driving by at a high rate of speed, looking at you as if you were a complete and utter idiot. Sometimes screaming profanities at you, flipping you off, etc.
So often, I drove by and saw street preachers and thought to myself, how foolish they look, until I became “That Fool”.
Are you willing to be a fool for Jesus? How wise is it to follow some ‘man’ who supposedly was born of a “Virgin”, he called “God” his ‘Father’; and he was said to have turned water into wine, healed the blind and cured the lame. How wise is it to follow some ‘man’ who was killed and then supposedly was ‘raised from the dead’ three days later. That sounds not only crazy but foolish. It just does not make literal sense, but that is what ‘faith’ is all about. Believing in something greater than yourself; believing in a higher power. I have defined faith as this; “Faith is not believing that God can, but KNOWING that God Will!”
I, like Paul, was sent, not to baptize, but to preach. Preach the Gospel to all people. I was not blessed with a Theological Education, and able to speak eloquently of the etymology of Christ, within a Eucharistic and Johannine context… but what I was blessed with was courage and a big mouth. The courage to go out and tell ‘my story’ of why I love Jesus; why I am a fool for Him; what He has and continues to do, IN – FOR and THROUGH me daily.
What is your story? How are you being a fool by preaching for Jesus?
Just like so many people thought I was an absolute fool on that street corner almost 15
years ago, I am so thankful that I did not succumb to my own carnal and fleshly wisdom. I am grateful to Jesus for letting me be His Fool for all these years because I have truly witnessed Him do so many great things not only for me but through me. Are YOU willing to be a FOOL for Jesus? Let Him use you today, no matter what it is, even if it seems like a foolish thing when He tells you to build a boat when it has not rained in 100’s of years… be a FOOL for Him. Speak of His Love on your job, to your family, to someone you come across today! BE A FOOL FOR JESUS!
May the road rise to meet you and Keep on Keepin’ on!
Richard Lane Ministries
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