I know a little about being, foolish, weak and low. And I want to know more.
27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,31 so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."
How to be "foolish in the world"
Believe that what it says is true. Believe and trust in God's ridiculous promises of grace.
...that your Redeemer has come and saved you through death and resurrection
...that you can do all things through Christ
...that when we abide in him we can ask whatever we wish and it will be done for us
...that we have the same power in us that raised Christ from the dead.
To the world, this and most Biblical teaching is just foolish.
Tell people you believe.
Don't be afraid to sound a little foolish to the world around you. Put yourself out there for Jesus. Be the weird one, the cheesy guy, the naive girl. Jesus is worth it.
Boast in the cross, boast in your Lord. This way, when the wise are shamed, he will get all the glory he deserves.
Act like you believe.
You can hear it and think about it all day long, but do your actions prove your faith?
If you truly believe, your works will show it, right?
Maybe sometimes we need to take action, trusting in God, even before we fully believe. Then his perfect faithfulness will win over our trust as he comes through for us time and time again.
But taking action is where you become most vulnerable... and foolish.
How to be "foolish" in business
But it's simple, not easy. It's rare to see someone who acts "foolish" for Jesus, but even harder to find in the context of business - even in the Christian business world.
When being "wise" becomes even more important, and you've got a room full of colleagues listening, and people are looking to you for answers, and you have a spreadsheet full of impressive looking numbers, and millions of dollars are on the line, and your job is on the line... How do you be "foolish" now? How does your faith in the Word and in the gospel matter now?
Whoa... Starting to feel uncomfortable, yeah?
28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
I am scared to look foolish, what about you?
We want more than anything to be seen as strong and wise in the eyes of our peers. We ignore His offer to "shame the wise" and we, like everyone else, follow in line with the status quo... do what is expected of us, and operate within our own worldly wisdom and strength, again and again.
So, what does it look like to be "foolish" in business?
It's when the first go last, the "top" goes to the bottom. It's when God gets credit because no one else can claim it. When prayer is the answer instead of just another consultant. It's when the Bible serves as strategy not just moral guidelines and giving is measured more closely than revenue.
It's obeying God's direction even without a line of sight to the bottom line. It's making commitments on his behalf.
Peace, reigns here. And peace isn't common in the business world.
What else? What can radical faith look like in the context of business?
PS. Looking foolish is ALWAYS easier when someone else does it with you.