My thoughts this morning are on the preaching of the cross to those who don't believe. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." The reason it is so real to someone who is saved is because they have experienced firsthand the goodness and power of God. More and more, we live in a world where people will deny God's power...they'll deny His work...they'll even deny His very existence. Author and speaker Josh McDowell I think says it best in this, "The problem is not a matter of 'I can’t believe because the facts won’t let me' so much as a matter of 'No matter what proof, I won’t believe.' If anyone is truly interested in evaluating the evidence for proof of Christianity’s truth, the words of Jesus are applicable: 'If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself'" (John 7:17, NASB).
So is the preaching of the cross foolishness? You see...one just has to step out and do His will rather than the will of self...and the teaching of the cross will become very real...because one will have then experienced that teaching firsthand. Without a relationship...you don't know someone....you don't understand where they are coming from....but with one comes a level of trust that they are who they say they are. My friends, I can tell you firsthand that He is real...He is alive...and He is who He says He is. I encourage all who know me...and even those who don't...get in the Word...find out what this Christianity is all about...and build a relationship with the life changing I Am.