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. – 1 Corinthians 3:18
I came across this this week. It’s one of those “paradoxes of discipleship” we tend to see. I think Jesus loved those (poor to become rich, least to become great), and Paul seems to pick up on it in this letter as well.
But what does this mean? How can I make myself foolish (and how on earth will that make we wiser)?
I’m guessing this isn’t an encouragement to stop trying to learn.
Perhaps, my problem is that I try to lean too much on my own wisdom when I am confronted with things. And, when all is said and done… and I can’t do any more… I finally turn to God for His power, so he can rescue me from the things I can’t do myself.
Perhaps the really wise (or foolish?) thing that I need to do is stop going to my wisdom first, and instead realize my own foolishness, compared to God’s wisdom, and go straight to His wisdom before I attempt to use any of mine.
This week: let’s stop trying to go to our own wisdom, and start relying on His.