Yes, it is foolishness when even until now you are still choosing to follow your own ways, fulfill your own desires, reach out to your own dreams, and hold on to your earthly treasures – but refuse to embrace the kingdom of God. Listen to how Jesus describes this kingdom in Matthew 13:44-46:
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Like a hidden treasure, like a pearl of great price, the kingdom of God has incomparable worth. You will trade anything just to get it. And if you really know how much it is worth, you won’t call forsaking anything you have now as a sacrifice. Leaving everything to follow Jesus in his kingdom is never a sacrifice.
When you give me 1,000 pesos and I give you back 100,000 pesos, you won’t call that a sacrifice on your part, right? And you won’t hesitate to give that amount of money. Actually, you will be excited to do that.
I am not saying here that we can buy our way to the kingdom of God. We can’t. But before it becomes ours, we need to forsake everything we have. If we don’t, we don’t really want it and we don’t really treasure it. And that’s foolishness.