Sharing the power of God, when it sounds like folly
This is one of my favorite passages, because of how much I can relate to it.
Paul is telling us that the gospel has power. Power to save. We don’t need to add anything to it in order for it to work; in fact when we try to add to it, we consequently take away from it. The simple message of the gospel has the power for salvation to anyone who believes (Rom 1:16).
Even though this is true, to the world the message of the cross sounds like foolishness.
Oh, how I can relate to this truth.
Growing up in Chicago, I had very little exposure to the true gospel. I was exposed to religion, but not to my need for forgiveness. I wasn’t aware that God was holy, I wasn’t aware that I was a sinner, I wasn’t aware that I deserved hell and that no matter how “good” I was I couldn’t get to God, I wasn’t aware that I needed to place my faith in Jesus and decide to live for Him, and I wasn’t aware that I could be guaranteed eternal life. In fact, not only was I unaware, but also once I did hear it I thought it was crazy and condescending.
But I am so grateful that someone still continued to share this “foolish” message with me, because it had the power to save me. And it did!
I think one of the main reasons we don’t share the gospel is because we’re afraid of the response we will receive.
Will the lost world think it’s a foolish message? Yes. But we still need to share it, because it has the power to save! So, let’s just resolve to be foolish people with a foolish message. Let’s just be ok with it. If we’re not ok with being seen as foolish, we won’t share a message that sounds foolish.
- Does the fear of being looked down upon prevent you from sharing the gospel?
- Will you resolve to carry this “foolish” message into your community?
By: Sam Cirrincione