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Foolish Obedience

I’m sitting here reflecting that today is April 1st still in my time zone. A day once riddled with pranks and practical jokes. Except for these days, many aren’t laughing. The current state of our nation and this world paints a sinister picture, and many hearts are heavily reeling from the last few years of non-stop bombardment from the enemy’s camp. It seems like we can’t catch our breath. Yet, now more than ever, we need to be a holy bride that is willing to stand firm against the spiritual battalion with foolish obedience.

blue compass with true north pointing to the word passion
A messenger with apostolic passion is willing to suffer.

I’ve recently had the opportunity to take a few online training classes with All Nations (Kansas City). The legacy of Floyd McClung’s contagious “apostolic passion” is apparent and lives on through his team’s continued passionate pursuit to share Jesus stories, disciple, and engage the nations. Floyd McClung is a featured author in the Kairos course and his article on apostolic passion continues to be one of many highlights. Every time I’m involved with facilitating a Kairos course (or any other class that desires to glorify the name of Jesus to be worshipped in the nations), my apostolic flame reignites a little stronger than before. My season of being a full-time homemaker is nearing an end, and more and more I find myself dreaming with God about being a sold-out sufferer for Christ.

I don’t know what the next decade on this earth will look like for my life, our nation, or the world. Even on the bleakest of days, I remain childishly hopeful that the faithfulness of God is unchanging, the kingship and return of Jesus is the cry of our hearts, and our spiritual Helper is steadfast in searching for foolishly obedient disciples willing to go wherever He sends them. Whether that be across the sea or across the street. I pray for the global church to live a life that begins with passionate prayer, walks in abandonment, and finishes the race with a steadfast focus on Jesus and a vision of the glory of God filling the whole earth.

Three flames colored turquoise, amber and red.
Apostolic Passion has more to do with values than emotions.

So on this day of tomfoolery in an already upside world, I encourage you to be a fool for Christ every day in that your obedience to the “word of the cross” would stand out as “wiser and stronger” in the presence of a perishing generation that hungers for truth and righteousness. God’s word declares boldly in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 that the power of God is in choosing us to be foolish in the world to shame the wise and using our weakness in the world to shame the strong. His sacred library is full of many foolish examples of reckless abandon. Some were quick and faithful to respond, others were messy and stumbled their way through, but all in the end saw the Father’s passion become their own when their response was foolish obedience. May this consuming passion be your desire to be a living example as you choose to partner with God on mission for his Kingdom and Glory.

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