Monday, May 9, 2016

1 Corinthians 3:18-19 (GNT): Foolish Wisdom


If any of you think that you are wise by this world's standards, you should become a fool, in order to be really wise. For what this world considers to be wisdom is nonsense in God's sight.

Paul condemns worldly wisdom. And this would have been a tough crowd for the convincing.  After all, it was first century Greece, a society of men puffed-up with their own pride rooted in millennia of philosophy and intellectual elitism.  Paul words, however, remind us of Christ’s teaching in the Gospel of Matthew 18:3-4:
“I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child.”

Is this truth the same for us? Do we find ourselves convinced that our worldly wisdom and knowledge surpass the vision of God? The answer, however, is eye-opening and one that forces me to examine my worldview and attitude toward living out the Gospel. Paul’s message of humility is as true today as it was 2,000 years ago.  My faith compass needs to be recalibrated towards Christ and not the false conditioning of the world.

May the peace and love of Christ be with you all.