He Is No Fool

January 20, 2016

                                               He Is No Fool

In January of 1956 a missionary by the name of Jim Elliott was martyred by Indians in the jungle of Ecuador.  On Oct 28, 1949 he wrote in his journal “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”  This profound statement is worthy of our consideration.

       He is no fool who surrenders himself to do the will of God. It is feared that some have a distorted opinion of what it means to surrender to do God’s will.  Anyone is dead wrong if he or she thinks that to do so would cut them off from everything that would give them pleasure or satisfaction.  True, it would cut them off from illicit and immoral pleasure, but we can find even greater pleasure in doing what is right.  Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”  Many can testify that they have found that to be true.

It all begins when we become a genuine child of God.  That takes place when we recognize that we are sinners, repent of it, ask God to forgive us, and ask him to make us a child of his.  That is when we establish a relationship with him.  When we take into consideration the fact that Jesus loved us so much that he was willing to die to make it possible for God the Father to forgive us and deliver us from the condemnation we were under, we can’t help but love him.  If we love him, we will want to please him.  Jesus said, in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

He is no fool who keeps God’s commandments.  Perhaps it should be said that there is no one who keeps God’s commandments perfectly.  Romans 3:10 says, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” We enjoy the blessing of God to the extent that we keep his commandments. What God askes of us is for our good.  Psalm 84:11 says, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”  In the end, he who keeps God’s commandments is a winner.  He enjoys the best in this life and he will be richly rewarded when he gets to heaven.  He gains things he will never lose.

The liberties some people take are detrimental to them.  Some are habit forming.  Some lower their resistance to temptation.  Some cause them to lose the respect of others.  It should be obvious that the works of the flesh, mentioned in Galatians 5:19-2, are detrimental to our well-being and that of others.  “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,   envyings murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” The works of the flesh can and should be replaced by the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,   meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

No one has a fruitful, profitable life if he hurts himself and others by what he does.  We are fools if we don’t take into consideration the well-being of those around us.  We run the risk of being cut off from them, perhaps even imprisoned.

He is no fool who lives within the realm of reality. Here are some examples of what it means to live outside the realm of reality:

  • Spending beyond your means
  • Eating too much junk food
  • Thinking you won’t be addicted by drugs and alcohol
  • Thinking you can do illegal things without getting caught.
  • (See my article on this web page entitled “Living within the Realm of Reality.” It is under “Various Themes.”)

To those of the fairer sex, let it be said that there is no exception.  This article could also have been written to say “She is no fool.” You can be well informed about the behavior of a fool by reading the book of Proverbs.  The fool is mentioned 37 times in the book.  Proverbs 11:29 says. “The fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.”  No one wants to be called a fool, but some insist on living like one.  Please don’t be one of them.

We welcome your questions and comments.  They can be sent to the following address: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

 

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