This really struck me today as I read it, mainly because as we do open our heart and accept Jesus we must remember that everyone won’t. I think that is important to remember because then we know that we can approach people with love and not a demanding (I am right you’re wrong) attitude. It is our love and our changed lives that will help people see Christ in us. This love is what we show to all people as we live our lives focused on glorifying the Father. I saw an interview with Rick Warren on CNN and he did a great job explaining his belief in Christ and God’s word even when the interviewer didn’t agree. How he answered the questions made me think of these verses because people are going to believe what they want and until they are opened to seek the Good News they won’t believe the Good News.
When we purposely argue with them we make a stronger barrier for them to work through. Verse 20 says, “So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.” If we are like the Pharisees and just know what we’re supposed to do then people of this world will not see a difference and they will fall back on the world’s wisdom. But when we live out our beliefs as new creations and we mature to live like Christ (who loved and taught and then challenged) we won’t always be confrontational. We need to learn God’s word so much that we know it and we have to believe God’s word so much that we live it out in love. We have all heard this phrase, “love the sinner, but hate the sin.” This is important because until we are trusted and our character and integrity are sound people won’t listen to us.
God will make people grow but He has put us here to plant and water. Think about verses 30-31 and see how important it is that we show people our faith and how Jesus can change us. “God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin. Therefore, as Scripture say; ‘If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.” Amen