Lenten Devotional – Day 25 – The Perspective of Foolishness
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18 –
Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom
18 For 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.
When I think of joy, I think of turning normal thinking on its head by seeing life from the perspective of foolishness.
One of my appointments was to a church that was burglarized. The thief stole cash kept for financial assistance to persons in need and riffled through files that included my sermons. When I announced the news about the theft to the congregation, I talked about the theft of the money and my disappointment in discovering that none of my sermons had been stolen.
Between the time of the burglary and Sunday morning worship, I had the opportunity to visit the young man who had been jailed for this crime. I told him the church believed in a God of forgiveness and second chances. I asked if there was anything the church could do for him. He talked about the need for some articles of clothing and asked me to tell the church members he was sorry. When I shared this news with the congregation, people responded with generosity and the children’s Sunday School classes made cards for him.
Prayer: God of forgiveness, help us to see life from the foolish perspective of the cross. Grant that we may see life through the joy of Jesus.
– Marc Brown – Amherst, Virginia