The Wisdom of Foolishness
When Jesus is the rock of our salvation, we receive the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 12:6).
This mind sees and thinks differently than carnal assessments.
Because Jesus obeyed God's thoughts and ways, which are higher than man's, he looked odd to the natural world, and wrong to those holding to it.
I wonder, how many of us haven't crossed the threshold of total devotion to Christ, because we fear the opinions of others?
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.
When we are not willing to take up the reputation of Jesus, which is "foolishness to those who are perishing," we are serving ourselves above God, and therefore, rejecting the inheritance of his kingdom (1 Cor. 1:18).
The finished work of the cross intends to lead us out of the world and to put to death our "old" man, so that the "new" man can resurrect. He is the author and perfector of our faith and his grace alive within us causes us to yearn for holiness.
Do we yearn, ache and petition for his way with us? If so, rejoice. God promises to finish what he started. Rest in the truth that it's as good as done.
If not, rejoice. He is more than able to start, this moment. The Holy Spirit can overcome all apathy. We can cry out for faith and mercy and the recognition of the cross to strike us dead, so that Christ will spring up in us and carry us to glory -- upon the blood that he shed to cleanse our sin.
Everyone then, who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.