Matthew 25:8, “And the foolish said to the wise...”
Foolishness is leaving for vacation without knowing where you're going and not having any money to pay for the trip. Foolishness is swimming in a place marked with a, “Danger No Swimming,” sign. Foolishness is asking for someone's advice then not listening to the advice. The list goes on and on.
In Matthew chapter 25 Jesus tells two parables of foolishness. The first is the parable of the Ten Virgins who were waiting for the bride grooms return. Five of the virgins had enough oil in their lamps, The other five did not so they set off looking for oil. In their absence the bride groom returned and they all went inside. The foolish virgins returned a short time later but were not allowed inside for the banquet.
The foolish virgins knew the bridegroom was returning, yet they were ill prepared for His return.
The second is the parable of the talents where each person is given a certain amount of talents based on their ability to use the talent. Each of the people use their talents to gain even more talents, except for the one who who was given only one talent. He takes his talent an buries it because he is afraid of losing the talent. He obviously forgot the old adage, use your gift or lose your gift.
Christians today are considered foolish for believing in a God they cannot see, for living a life that contradicts what has become the new normal. However the foolish Christian is the one who is not ready in their hearts and life for the return of Jesus and the one who is not using the talents God gave them, whatever the talent or talents are for the glory of God and the furtherance of His kingdom.
Of course studying the Bible is the best way to avoid becoming a foolish Christian, but here are five more books which also help any Christian grow strong in their faith.
Boundaries by Dr Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend
Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
Choosing Joy by Dan Lord
The Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges and Bob Evington
S.H.A.P.E: Finding and Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life by Eric Rees