As I opened the book of Romans up today at lunch I was immediately almost caught up in laughter (from amazement, not humor). This is an amazing book filled with so much to digest. It's comforting and convicting all at the same time. Every time I open Romans I could practically stop at the 1st verse I see and meditate on that for days!
Romans 1:22 "Claiming to be wise, they became fools"
It reminded me of a quote I saw recently from William Law: "If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead"
This too made my mind think back to last night finishing up Revelation "Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy." (Rev 22:11)
So putting all this together, what does this mean ... to me? For one it sure makes me think of a common catch phrase: "Their loss, not mine"
While some may think that can be in conflict with some of His teachings; I'm not asking for you to not help them, just don't stop yourself. We are to go out and make disciples of all nations, yes, but it's important to realize that we can't let anyone slow down our journey. Reach out a hand, ask them to jump aboard, help them using Christ as a model, but don't you let anybody get in the way.
Peter, perhaps 'claiming to be wise, became a fool' for a moment when he tried to stop Jesus after he heard Him talk of his upcoming death ... "This shall never happen to you" he told Him ... Jesus' response? "Get behind me Satan! You are a hindrance to me." (Matt 16:21-23)
Don't let any "fool" or "foolishness" hinder you
Living for Christ Jesus,