Oh to be a fool!

1st Letter to the Corinthians

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Of all books, the Bible, my favorite

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While working my way through both letters

Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church I find much to learn and much to embrace. God didn’t include every letter, every word for nothing.

God does NOT waste words.

I am astounded at what I am gleaning from a letter read many times. Just really goes to show how we are at different places at different times. This Book (The Bible) never gets old. Therefore careful attention must be paid to its words and message.

Today in reading and meditating these are the thoughts that have grown and blessed my heart.


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Where do we place ourselves?

So often man thinks more of himself than he ought

(just look at the disciples, it’s not a new phenomenon)

or man seeks knowledge, position and titles that are possibly not meant for him with no thought to consequences.


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In chapter 4:6 of 1st Corinthians Paul warns:

“I have applied all these things to myself (Paul) and Apollos for your benefit brothers that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.”

Very strong words…”DO NOT go beyond what is written.” Now whether Paul meant the Torah as it is well known the Jewish leaders added many “laws and rules” to God’s existing laws or whether he was talking about his letters. But the message is definitely clear do not go beyond what is written by faulty interpretations!

The Holy Spirit of God is needed to keep the reader to the truth. We are safe there. There is much in the known/seen truth to learn and incorporate into life – there is no need to desperately seek the hidden things in dangerous places where only God can go as He alone has the wise understanding. God in His wisdom and grace will lead day by day, step by step, where one must go in our understanding of the spiritual. He will reveal in pure light His truth.


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Paul asks…”What do you have that you did not receive?”

Answer: Nothing.

Everything we have – everything – from – understanding of the scriptures and all things spiritual – to breath of life – to love of heart – to provision of home and food comes from God, our Father. He is the provider and protector of all. And amazingly, (I can’t remember this enough), He has revealed Himself to us. What a remarkable blessing.

God provides for all, even those who deny Him or see no relevance to God. Those who do not yet realize that everything they have is from Him. If God would withdraw His hand they would be dead. This is truth whether one admits it or not.


St Francis was named a fool for Christ...are we really ready to be named so as well...
St Francis was named a fool for Christ...are we really ready to be named so as well... | Source
Paul's physical hardships by nature
Paul's physical hardships by nature | Source
Paul's physical hardships by man
Paul's physical hardships by man | Source

Fools for Christ

In verse 10 of this same chapter (Many make the mistake of taking the first part of this verse and wearing it as a badge – doing their best to leave out the descriptive part of the truth because it is hard to hear.) Paul makes an announcement:

“We are fools for Christ’s sake,”

However there is more, so much more. Paul describes the life of a titled one in the Kingdom of God.

““We are fools for Christ’s sake, But you are wise in Christ.

We are weak but you are strong.

You are held in honor but we are in disrepute.



To the present hour we hunger and thirst,

We are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless and

We labor, working with our hands.

When reviled – we bless;

When persecuted – we endure;

When slandered – we entreat.



We have become and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.”


be imitators of me

This description is astounding when I stop to think about it. This is how Paul was treated. Paul, the Apostle of apostles. He was the spiritual father of so many in the 1st century Church. After writing and sharing this sad description of the life of a sent one, Paul instructs in verse 16.

“I urge you, then, be imitators of me.”


The Apostle Paul Rembrandt c.1657

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Are we really ready to be an imitator of Paul? He embraced everything, good and bad; uncomfortable and comfortable as from God – everything. Paul used every situation as a launch pad for the Gospel he loved. He (Paul) was not focused on his own comforts or reputation. Paul was focused on the Gospel. The truth people needed to hear and embrace. A person can sense his passion and intensity for the Gospel – his love from God for the people he was sent to.

Paul was a sent one…an apostle of Christ – a sent one of the anointing. If that is what we want are we ready for the walk; the trials; the hardships?

So many, sadly, hunger for the titles in God’s kingdom – however no one wants to pay the price for such honors.

Are we really ready to be fools for Christ?


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Comments 12 comments

lotte 4 years ago

we learn everytime,we open the bibel.even when we are in the 80th.thank god for his patience and formost his love!


Inge 4 years ago

As always, Ulrike, you give me much to think about. I wished I had your insight and kowledge when it comes to the Bible and God's words. I truly hunger to learn and understand more. I agree with your Mom's words and also thank God for his benevolence. Thank you so much. Much love is sent to you.


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UlrikeGrace 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks Mom, Thanks Inge...you both are such an encouragement to me. I am glad you were blessed by the hub Inge, but the Holy Spirit is the one that opens yours eyes and lets you see, yes, he used me...but understanding comes from Him alone. I'd love to do a bible study with you...it would be fun and interesting, such a growing time! Mom you are beautiful. Blessings to you. Love you both Ulrike Grcae


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

UlrikeGrace: It's been a long long time since we read from you. Thank you for helping us to discover a glimpse of what Paul was trying to teach.

Many can be blessed with this one. Again thank you.


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UlrikeGrace 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Dave for your welcome, I sure do miss being on the hubs more often. God has taken me on a challenging but interesting road, thanks for sharing it with me. Blessings to you.


rls4immanuel 4 years ago

Ulrike! Thankyou so much for posting this hub. Your words have brought me back to a place of recognizing that deep longing in my spirit that is a gift of God, His holy Spirit. He is forever drawing us away from the ways of the world and oh how much of the world there is in me and the church of Jesus Christ. So often I want it both ways. I want what God wants but how can I want what I want at the same time when there is opposition. God alone is to be worshipped. He will have no other and rightly so. Paul understood this truth and was prepared to sacrifice it all for the magnificence of the glory of God. It is such a challenge to not go beyond what is written. What as battle there wages in our flesh. However, if we are to know God as He really is, we cannot, we must not go any further. We must stand fast to the truth even when the storms of rejection and scorn come against us. Who will I choose to serve this day? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! Thanks again Ulrike Grace. KEEP WRITING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!


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UlrikeGrace 4 years ago from Canada Author

Well said. I agree with you,it is a challenge in today's world both in and out of the Church not to go beyond what God has so graciously revealed to us in His Word. More than enough for us to live by and meditate on. Blessings to you rls and thanks for stopping by to read and comment. I appreciate it.


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The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

This is so beautiful truthful and powerful. Everyone should read, "are we really ready to be the fools for Christ?" I pray that I be worthy to be HIS fool. I am so very pleased by this writing. So often in this world people including myself in some areas of life fall victim to the praises of others. For example "Oh when you spoke in that lesson to the Sunday school you were amazing." Truth be told if I or anyone is amazing it is by the grace of God. We are His vessel and yet in the moments we must remember to give Him credit. When people say things to me like I could never speak the word the way you do, I try to always remind them they are His child. God will use each of us if we allow ourselves to be a fool for Him. to stand up and say Through Christ My Lord and Savior all things are possible! To read this Hub was a delight ~ you have eloquently reminded us of God's example and His apostles. Such humility in life we can only pray to be like His humble servants. Thank you so much for this read. I plan to share this with my Sunday school class. I teach Junior High and High school. This is a message for all of them to hear. I hear the constant chatter and boasting. I appreciate their confidence but to gently remind them we are His and all glory should be unto Him will be a wonderful reminder.

Peace in your stages and blessing :)


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

unchained AWESOME works for our Lord and Savior sister. Oh my the Word never ever grows old, hey? God is so amazing and wonderous. Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed your writing. Holy Sprit filled sista. Love n Peace in Christ.


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UlrikeGrace 4 years ago from Canada Author

The Stages of ME...thanks for dropping in and having a read. I am humbled again and again by God's grace and mercy for all who are called by His name. Oh if only we/I could get ahold of the completness of God we would never be afraid to follow Him. Thanks for your comments, they are encouraging. May your class be blessed by the teaching and understanding of the Holy Spirit. Blessings to you


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UlrikeGrace 4 years ago from Canada Author

skye2day...thanks for dropping in and having a read. His mercies are new every morning and through out the day. That is mind numbing...and spirit lifting...be blessed in His name...


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

I just left a message on another hub about how I can read a verse in the bible and get something new out of it every time. I loved your wisdom in hour words about being fools for God. I am proud to say that I am a "Fool for God." At least I try to be everyday. God Bless UlrikeGrace.

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