In Matthew 5:21-22 Jesus showed that it is wrong for anyone to call another a fool out of personal maliciousness. Yet, we are all a fool for something or someone. The question is, what kind of fool are you?
“The fool has said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalms 14: 1). This man is a fool because he denies the very power of his own existence, and the source of every morally and spiritually decent thing known to man. He looks at himself, a living, rational, moral being, and assumes that he came from non-living, non-intelligent, amoral matter.
The man who spends his life laying up treasure for himself and who therefore forgets to be rich toward God, God says, “Thou fool . . . .” (Lk 12:13-21). He is a fool because he is ungrateful enough to forget that the source of his gain is the very God he ignores. Were it not for God’s bountiful hand none of us would have anything to enjoy (Jam 1: 17). This man forgets that “. . . the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides for ever” (I John 2:17).
Even a bigger fool would be the man who attempts to serve both God and the world. Inevitably, he learns that he can’t serve both without hating one more than the other (Mt 6:24). This man gains little of the world and of the world to come (Rev 3:17).
The man who serves God has also “become a fool . . . .” (I Cor. 3:18). This man is a fool in the eyes of the world because he submits to the foolishness of preaching (I Cor. 1:18,21). However, in the sight of God he is a wise and profitable servant made worthy of eternal life by the blood of the Lamb.
I ask again, what kind of a fool are you? Whether you like it or not, you are going to be thought a fool by someone, either by the world for serving God, or by God for serving the world. Actually, it is really a matter of making up your mind as to whose reward you desire, the world’s or God’s. The choice is yours (Josh 24:15).