foolish is the new awesome.

Life is too short to not do what God is calling you to do.
Chase hard after God’s calling.
It’s better that way. <carlos whittaker>

thoughts from in a pit with a lion on a snowy day (batterson)

faith is the willingness to look foolish.  noah looked foolish building the ark in the desert.  the israelites looked foolish marching around jericho blowing trumpets.  david looked foolish attacking goliath with a slingshot.  the wise men looked foolish following yonder star.  peter looked foolish stepping out the the boat in the middle of a lake.  and jesus looked foolish hanging half-naked on a cross.  but this is the essence of faith … and the results speak for themselves.  noah was saved from the flood.  the walls of jericho came tumbling down.  david defeated goliath.  the wise men found the messiah.  peter walked on water.  and jesus rose from the dead.  *the greatest miracles, breakthroughs, and turning points in scripture can be traced back to someone who was willing to look foolish. god’s modus operandi: 1 cor. 1:27 [god deliberately chose the things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.] nothing has changed.

one hebrew word for worship: hallal, meaning ‘clamorously foolish’.  maybe this is what david was doing when he danced before the lord half naked in the streets.  and we certainly look foolish when we worship- singing and raising our hands to someone we can’t see or touch.  worship is all about disrobing and nakedness: shedding the things that we find our identity and security in outside of our relationship with christ.  its a reminder that our ‘kingly robes’ are really just filthy rags; its not about what we can do for god, but rather what he has done for us.  and when we begin to understand that, it produces the greatest freedom: having nothing to prove.

the grace of god has no expiration date.

[which gives us reason- even cause- to hallal before god.  that fact gives us the desire to ask for faith, and the will to exercise it.  and with a track record like that, call me crazy …  i have zero rhythm, but i’ll dance anyway. ]

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