“Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.”  (1 Corinthians 3:18-19, NIV)


We graduate from high school, go to college, and study to become knowledgeable and skillful so we can get decent jobs. We use our minds to think and to make decisions. Eventually, we end up in the workforce striving to become valuable members of society.

There is a fundamental difference between “wisdom” as set out in these Bible verses, and the knowledge and application of the type of wisdom needed for work. The Apostle Paul was a well-educated man who used his knowledge in his ministry. He didn’t discard his intelligence when he became a servant of Christ. He ministered in the world. He had to talk intelligently and convincingly to major leaders – top religious officials, a Roman governor, and a king. Likewise, Christians at work today need to conduct themselves in a similar way – knowledgeably, intelligently and credibly.

Paul appeals to each of us, “Don’t be puffed up and think you know better than others. Be humble in front of God. Admit you don’t know everything. Have the mind of Christ – let Christ govern how you think, so the results of your thoughts, decisions, and actions produce results that spread the love of God.” (1 Corinthians 4)

So we need to be wise in God’s way, not in the worldly way. It’s important to avoid the false, prideful, God-empty “wisdom” that infiltrates many work environments. God has placed us in our workplaces, yet our homes are elsewhere – in the kingdom of God where humility is our strength.

Stay humble this Friday. Remember, you are “Working for Christ”!


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5 Comments on “BECOME A FOOL!”

  1. A good one for the weekend!!! We have a prediction of cold rain and snow for Saturday…… I will be thinking of that Florida sunshine!!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  2. Morning Dave, I wrote a post not long ago called “Oh What A Fool” January 18th, I wrote from my heart knowing I really am no fool but love God (Christ) Spirit, enormously. But I don’t think it was understood. Have a wonderful weekend, I will be too not working….


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