The month of Apri is upon us, and most everyone knows what that means: April Fools' Day. I do not know about you, but I have been made a fool of many times in my life by the pranks or jokes others have played on me, and I must confess, I have done my share to make a fool of others on that day. April 1st is a day of light-hearted enjoyment in which we try to pull the wool over the eyes of someone else. As I write this article it is not that kind of foolery I have in mind, but rather what the Apostle Paul says of himself in I Corinthians 4.
He wanted the Corinthians, known for their boasting, to realize that unlike them, he and the other apostles were weak and held in disrepute. He listed a number of things which summarized his own experience as an apostle; he was hungry, thirsty, buffeted, and even homeless. He was considered the scum of the world and refuse of all things. This is critical for us to see and understand. Paul, the great apostle of Jesus Christ, was glorying not in his high position but his low position. You see, while the Corinthians created divisions by aligning themselves to different ministers (Paul, Apollos, Cephas - see I Corinthians 1:12), Paul showed himself to be a servant of Jesus Christ. What mattered to Paul was not that he was approved by men and their faulty standards, but that he was a workman approved by Jesus Christ.
Friends, the world may look upon Christians and ridicule us, mock us, deride us. They may even call us fools for believing in Christ. Do not allow that to hinder you from the great work that God has called us to do. When you take a stand to live for Jesus Christ, then friend, you may be a fool in the world's eyes, "for the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (I Corinthians 1:18) But the only real fools on the day of Christ's return are those who say there is no God. (Psalm 53:1) Better to be a fool to the world than to be foolishly unprepared for Christ's return by not having placed your trust in Jesus Christ.