THE WORD FOR TODAY
1 Corinthians 1-3
1 Corinthians 1-3 (Click to Read Today’s Word at Biblegateway.com)
Truth for Today
1 Corinthian 2:1-2 1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
As the years in God’s ministry through me have flown by I have had the temptation time and again to be consumed with need for “excellence of speech” and “wisdom”. The drive to be the “go to guy” can consume a minister faster than a blaze in a dry cedar forest.
Paul reminded the Corinthian church that his ministry to them was not “excellence of speech” or of “wisdom” but rather his only goal was to know and live one thing: Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
That is enough to know. We can spend 50 years in ministry and never fully comprehend the depth of God’s love expressed on the cross. We can earned multiple degrees from every known university and still not even begin to fathom the mind and heart of a God who allowed His only Son to die on a cruel cross. Here is the truth: When we KNOW Him in His completed fullness speaking about Him will be the most natural outflow of our life.
Can you just imagine the power in the lives of God’s people if we would desire to ONLY know Jesus and Him crucified, risen and ascended into the heavens? Gossip and slander would stop falling from our lips. Hidden habits and sins would die before the gaze of a loving Savior. The witness and testimony of the church of the Living God would be powerful and strong.
O how we must be determined to know one thing, “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
Jesus, may my ambition for every day of my life be to know you more and more and more and more…In Jesus Name…Amen!!!