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 fed by worldly messages to “grab” all the pleasures we can…the cross has an opposite message. Jesus emptied Himself…giving everything He had…His very life…to show us the way of God. When we empty ourselves of our egos’ desires to be satisfied…we open ourselves to God’s desires to lead us to what we truly need and who we truly are. This is being saved! Jesus’ way clashes with the world’s way. To love unconditionally is to give of yourself for another’s benefit and to respond to persecution with love all the way to the end. For popular culture…the message of the cross is death. But to Christians, the message of the cross is that death is not the end…but the pathway to resurrection and new life. Giving leads to great joy. Jesus showed us the way. Each of us has the choice of whether to follow.
Suggested song of the day– “Pour Me Out” on the Give Praise and Thanks album.
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Have a blessed day!