Our Foolish Message

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 & 2 Cor 4:7-18
This morning’s devotion reminded our enthusiastic group of missionaries-in-training of a confronting Christian truth…The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.

No matter where you go in the world, the message of the cross will be considered stupid. Sinful mankind will always resist the crazy gospel of Jesus, who lived and died, rose and ascended for our rescue. We may be tempted to leave out the offensive bits or add in our own flavours to make it more palatable. May we never forget that the gospel is the power of God!

So what is the appropriate vessel for this maligned message? The treasure is contained in jars of clay. Ministry anywhere in the world will be experienced in weakness and hardship. Those who hold the precious, but seemingy foolish, message of the gospel will be crushed, persecuted and struck down; but not destroyed.

I was warned not to seek impressive, worldly wisdom. I was reminded that although many will malign the Word of God, some will be saved. I was encouraged that although we follow our Master’s footsteps through suffering, we ultimately follow Him into eternal glory. 

So do not be fooled by shiny, happy people who preach a glossy gospel. And do not dismiss a jar of clay who awkwardly shares with you a servant Saviour. Let’s not get caught up in looking wise in the world’s eyes; let us only share the treasure we have.

— Stef