By Guest Blogger: Nick Covanes
Now, before you have me excommunicated, or think I have lost my mind, read on.
[1Cr 2:14 NKJV]
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
And so, indeed, the world does think that we are moron’s. After all, who would worship a God that they cannot see, serve in a church with a bunch of people who are equally deluded, give their hard earned money to the church, meet often every week, serve others, pray for others, worship and sing together with no motive other than to offer up worship to their unseen God?
Well, from that perspective we must look like moron’s. And if Jesus was not who He said He was, then we would indeed be morons!
We read in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 the following…
[1Cr 15:12 NKJV]
Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
[1Cr 15:13 NKJV]
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.
[1Cr 15:14 NKJV]
And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching [is] empty and your faith [is] also empty.
[1Cr 15:16 NKJV]
For if [the] dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.
[1Cr 15:17 NKJV]
And if Christ is not risen, your faith [is] futile; you are still in your sins!
[1Cr 15:18 NKJV]
Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
[1Cr 15:19 NKJV]
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
It has been said that Jesus was either a lair, a lunitic or the LORD. He cannot be LORD and either of the other. He could have been a liar and a lunitic at the same time, but we know he was neither. The fact is that He is LORD and because He is LORD we believe He has been raised from the dead. And since He has risen we have every confidence that He will raise up His children with Him.
And so I would have to say Christians are morons in this sense:
- More on fire for the LORD
- More on top of their Bible studies
- More on point with their families
- More on serving others
- More on loving God
- More on living according to His will
- More on life
In light of this…how can we be discipled by the knowledge that we have regarding the resurrection and Holy Spirit.
The fact that we have the Holy Spirit living in us as our guarantee of redemption should be the most exciting promise to us ever! Because the Holy Spirit teaches us the things of God we should desire to read His Word more often. And in light of the fact that the world, who does not have the Holy Sprit, is spiritually discerned we should be more desirous of seeing them reached with the Gospel message.
So today, get in the Word. You may not see anything in your devotional time that is remotely related to what is going on in your life right now, but rest assured, what the LORD gives you today could very well be for someone else. You may encounter a person who is going through a trial or a time of rejoicing and may benefit from hearing the Word of God that you have just read! You never know. Finally, get out there and share your faith. Jesus is coming back for His church. It would be a shame to miss out on the opportunity that God has given each of us to minister to others by His Word.
Finally, be in prayer. Those who do not know the LORD think we are foolish. Show them through love and grace that we are children of the Most High and because of this our love for them may bring them to their knees before the LORD for salvation!