More Than April Fools
Friday - April 1st
Scripture to Read Today: Ephesians 5:1-17
So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. Ephesians 5:15 NLT
Several years ago, one of my friends tricked me with an April Fools text. He and his wife have young adult kids about the same age as our kids. He sent a text that his wife was expecting, and they were shocked but excited. He asked me to pray for them as they would be telling their grown children the news.
My friend sent the text early in the morning that April 1st. He texted so early that I had not yet realized what day it was. So I bit - hook, line, and sinker. He gave enough details and added enough emotion that it seemed so real. He had sent the same text to a handful of his friends. Most caught on quickly - not me.
While I got a great laugh out of the whole April fools’ text eventually, there was a moment I felt like I had been had. I felt foolish. That is, of course, the point of April Fool’s Day.
In Ephesians 5:1-17, the Apostle Paul emphasized the importance of our Christlike radical love and moral clarity. Unfortunately, in our polarized world, Christians too often embrace either radical love or moral clarity - and fail to embrace both. Paul emphasized the importance of imitating God (Ephesians 5:1) in terms of both love and integrity. He added a third element to imitating God. It is the element that merges radical love and moral clarity in a healthy way. Paul suggested that we need spiritual wisdom.
It's foolish to embrace radical love to the detriment of moral clarity or moral clarity to the detriment of radical love. We need wisdom to imitate Christ with balance fully. "So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise" (Ephesians 5:15 NLT).
My friend's April Fools made me smile. There is nothing wrong with having fun and bringing a smile to the face of others today. But, we all need wisdom to thrive in life and reflect Christ to others.
On this April Fool’s Day, have some fun, but pursue wisdom to live a life with Christlike radical love and moral purity.