The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. —I Corinthians 2:14

A number of businesses allow me to put a display of the Lamb pamphlet in a prominent place. People who desire to take a copy can do that and read it at their leisure. From time to time I check the displays to replenish them. One time when I was refilling them I found one that somebody had written on. It said, “A person would have to be foolish to believe this.” Well, the apostle Paul said, “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” (I Corinthians 1:18). There are those who cannot understand “since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe” (I Corinthians 1:21). Yes, the world of the lost think God’s way of salvation is foolish.

The good news is that when “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” — God is able to make “his light shine in (their) hearts to give (them) the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ: (I Corinthians 4:4, 6). Without “God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness” a person cannot know Him. God has to do the work in a person’s life. God has to draw people to His Son or they cannot be saved from sin, death and eternal judgment (John 6:44).

Thank God that He takes people dead in their trespasses and sins and “because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:1, 4-5). Any person who is in relationship with God through Jesus Christ should have a huge heart of gratitude which should grow more and more as we understand more and more of what God has done for us through His Son and through His Sprit. Again, “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” (I Corinthians 1:18). Our responsibility as followers of Jesus is to bring the Word of God to people (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:13-15). God is the One who makes that Word grow in a person’s life (I Corinthians 3:6-9). May we be faithful in doing what God has called us to!

Dear Father, my heart is filled with loving gratitude for Who You are and what You have done for me in Jesus and by Your Holy Spirit. Now, may I faithfully run the race You have marked out for me. May I keep my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith. So be it!

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