Today’s Scripture: For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe…but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness. I Corinthians 1:21, 23
D.L. Moody was anything but sophisticated. In fact, to some he was thought to be very foolish. One church, 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church, was embarrassed that they had even asked him to preach. The “intellectual” parishioners there had labeled him as an embarrassment and almost refused to come hear him. The congregation sat in disbelief that this heavy-built man with an overflowing beard was preaching in their highly esteemed pulpit. To top it off, Moody had a notoriously high nasal twang and would frequently use the word “ain’t”. As his message continued, some snickered and poked fun, but Moody kept preaching.
About half way through his preaching, the tide changed. The once snickering audience began sitting on the edge of their pews. Their focus had shifted from everything they thought was foolish about Moody to the powerful truth in his message. They began listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit working through him. God had used the foolishness of preaching from his humble messenger to change the hearts and lives of that congregation.
Although being a Christian is not foolish, people may call you a Bible thumper and say you are a fool. If people label you foolish, don’t fret. It is better to be called foolish and join the company of D.L. Moody and countless other heroes of the faith. The world even called our Lord a fool throughout His ministry and mocked Him until His dying breath. How can we expect to escape their criticism?
No matter what you are labeled, never give up. There’s a day coming when all will see the King assume His rightful throne. Until that day, refuse to be ashamed. Remain bold despite the mockery and be willing to be called a fool everyday—because you are wise enough to know and proclaim that your Redeemer lives.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.