In the city of Corinth, nothing was quite so lauded as was wisdom and rhetoric. This was why Paul had to come to them without eloquence in sharing the gospel. He spoke a simple, “foolish” gospel.
And though many were converted to Christ through such foolish preaching, the church at Corinth still struggled with this idolatry of wisdom. Paul sets out in love to correct them. He says,
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God.
– 1 Corinthians 3:18-19a
The wisest, smartest men on this earth who don’t have God actually reveal themselves to be foolish and dumb. And if you would seek to be in their ranks, you will follow them in their folly.
Friends, may we not seek to be wise according the world’s standards. But instead, let us pursue godly wisdom.
And how do we do that? You have to first become a fool. In other words, you need to humble yourself as one saved by a foolish gospel, which is the wisdom and power of God, and you need to submit your will to His. Only then will you become wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Become a fool first before the One who is wise par excellence, and He will grant you true wisdom.