Topic: 1 Corinthians 3:18-23
In 1956, a small group of missionaries formed a plan to reach a tribe of people who called themselves the 'Huaorani' in the forests of Ecuador. This tribe was extremely hostile to outsiders, and the missionaries' only contact from the tribe warned them not to trust the Huaroani: "To you they might seem friendly for a while, but they will not stop short of killing." Nevertheless, the missionaries knew they had to try to reach these people.
Their plan involved air-dropping small gifts to the tribe, then setting up camp nearby and gradually gaining the tribespeoples' trust. Everything seemed to be working according to plan ... until one day all five missionaries were suddenly killed by the Huaorani. Due to their previous contact with outsiders, the Huaorani were intensely distrustful of the missionaries, and instinctively feared a trap.
Newspapers around the world reported the story, and some called the men foolish for trying to make contact with the tribe. A "waste of lives", some called it. But their work not only laid the foundation upon which later missionaries would be able to successfully share the gospel with the Huaorani, it also inspired hundreds of young people to volunteer to become missionaries themselves. (Adapted from Jesus Freaks Volume II, by DC Talk)
Paul writes that "the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight" (1 Corinthians 3:19) The world will not understand the selfless devotion felt toward the God who has saved us, and may even call us foolish or persecute us for living first and foremost for God. Jesus explains that "They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me." (John 15:21) When the world thinks it is wise, it is really foolish for ignoring God who is the source of all wisdom.
This April Fool's Day, let's renew our commitment to knowing and living the gospel so that we can more winsomely witness to others, "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." (1 Corinthians 1:18)
In what way(s) could you ask God to make you a more winsome witness?