"Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say its all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God's weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength." 
1 Corinthians 1:21-25

Before I became a Christian, I pushed myself in pursuit of what I thought to be true. I reached out to abstract concepts of goodness based on mystical belief systems. At the same time, I am basically a person of logic. My spiritual efforts were based on the logic that if God existed, I would pursue relentlessly until I found this being; a type of quest for the holy grail of enlightenment. In my mind, God existed as a shadowy figure lurking and hiding behind mirrors. I mostly saw my own image. If He were true, I would logically be able to find Him if I knew where to look.

To me as a young person, the gospel seems as foolishness. In retrospect, I realize that I was like both the Jews and the Gentiles. I wanted "signs from heaven" but needed to understand through human wisdom. But God's call to salvation, even for someone like me, reaches through myth and misunderstanding.

What seemed as foolishness to me, that Christ was crucified for the forgiveness of sin, revealed a reality that is wiser than the wisest of human plans. God's "weakness" is stronger than my greatest strength. The bottom line is that I could not save myself. There is something beyond mysticism and reason. My greatest efforts fell short. It was only then that I discovered this simple thing called faith. What seemed as foolishness was in all reality the key of humility to opens our hearts and minds to both the mystery and wisdom of God. Only then could I respond to the One who pursued me.

In fact, one of the paradoxes that attracted me to Christianity was pondering that our brightest minds on the planet could not comprehend God, yet that anyone, even the simplest minds can know Him. The most brilliant people in history could only glimpse into the unfathomable goodness, presence, and power of God yet even young children can reach out their arms and embrace the unknowable Creater through the Son, Jesus.

How can something so complex at the same time be so accessible?

Knowing Jesus is not a quest for magical signs and miracles nor is it an issue of comprehension of mysteries in life; it is a yielding of faith, saying "yes" to the incomprehensible God who pursues us with the gift of abundant life. Following Christ is simple faith in response to astonishing grace. Being a Christian is a journey that begins figuratively with dropping our nets when Jesus walks up, looks in our eyes and says "Follow me." Abiding in Christ is much more about response than it is about effort. God draws us to Himself.

As John White wrote in the book The Fight: A Practical Handbook to Christian Living, simply tell the truth about what you have seen, heard or personally experienced. You will observe that God "has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe." God uses your willingness to share how His Story impacted your story to create a new story for young people.

Simple Faith. Astonishing Grace.

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