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. 1st Corinthians 1:18 NIV
He did not understand the significance of the cross. David grew up in a Christian environment and knew well the story of Jesus and how Christ died for our sins. Our friend had even read in the Bible where it says to take up our cross and follow our Savior. But it did not sink in to David that the same selflessness, rejection, and choice to suffer under the weight of a heavy cross was something God looks for in His true followers. It sounded like foolishness. It was too far out there for the young man who had his whole life ahead of him. Do we also tend to remove the shame from the cross of Jesus? Do we prefer not to cling to that crude and deadly object and carry it with us through our day?
While it may not be taught with much force today, this is what Jesus taught. He spoke of a caliber of followers who would feel the weight of His cross and still step forward to share in Christ´s shame with Him. Our friend David struggled to comprehend such foolishness. But God has opened his eyes. Now there is finally hope! If even our friend can come to see that the power of God is activated through our response to the cross, can we?
Tell us again how our loss now can become a gain in eternity if we can share it with You. When the world tries to tell us not to embrace a shameful cross. Lead us forward in faith to where foolishness becomes the very power of God, we pray!