1 Corinthians 1:17-18
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Paul was speaking to members of the early Church about the difficult message of Jesus’ death on the cross. While our egos seek personal gratification and are constantly seeking to “get” all the pleasures, power, prestige and possessions that they can…the cross has an opposite message: “Let go.” Jesus emptied Himself…giving everything He had to show us the way of God. It’s the way of love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion. Jesus’ way doesn’t jive with the world’s way. To love is to give of yourself for another’s benefit, to reach out in compassion to those rejected and cast out…to let go of yourself and to respond to persecution with love all the way to the end. For the message of the cross is that death is not the end…but the way to resurrection and new life. The process of ‘dying to self’ starts now so God can give you the life meant for you. It’s the path to your “true self.” Jesus showed us the way. Will you follow?
Suggested song of the day– “Pour Me Out” on the Give Praise and Thanks album. Listen to it by clicking on the “Bill Tonnis’ Music on iTunes” link under “Blogroll” to the right
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Have a blessed day!