I was drawn to think this morning about how FOOLISH my life must look to some people, that someone would give up living their life (and the “pursuit of happiness” in this world) in exchange for another Life, and for a glorious inheritance in an unseen and largely unknown world. If I didn’t know what I know, I too would think of someone who lives as I do as being completely nuts.
I’m somewhat comforted by similar sentiments penned by the apostle Paul. This is where Paul said that God EXHIBITS His apostles and prophets as men condemned to death; as spectacles to the world, both to angels and to men. Paul wrote of being in the world as “A FOOL” for Christ’s sake; of being without honor, of being hungry and thirsty and poorly clothed. He wrote of being treated roughly and of being homeless, of being reviled by people and yet blessing them, of being persecuted and yet enduring it, of being slandered and yet trying to conciliate, of having become as “the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now,” and this for God’s sake.
The book of Hebrews has very similar things to say, and this all makes me wonder about what it takes for us to ASCEND to the full stature of Christ – about what it takes to FULLY surrender our hearts unto God and thereby get FULLY FREE from the consciousness of DEATH. It also makes me wonder about who in this world today IS WILLING to give what it takes to attain to such an awesome place, and it also leads me to express the hope and the desire that I might be counted among such people.