January 10, 2011: 1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:5 Devotion Sharing
Today’s devotional on 1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:5 was submitted by Pastor Ed Kang, Gracepoint Berkeley. You can read it on his blog.
Submitted by Gina Han, Gracepoint Davis
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Reflect on v.2 and what it says about the centrality of Christ and the cross for Apostle Paul. To what extent do I share this resolve to make Christ and “him crucified” the central theme of my worldview and my understanding of the gospel? As I grow older and continue to see myself and the patterns that I have built up in terms of how I react to situations and how I relate to people, even now I still get surprised at the things I do and say, and it’s still eye opening to me when God’s Word or the people of God bring out into the light sinful things about my character and my worldview. By default, I am proud and blind to myself, and so I really need to reflect on and know deeper and deeper the meaning of the cross, and the fact that Jesus Christ was crucified for me, my very real sins that come out each and every day. When I know just my own viewpoint and reasoning in my relationships each day, this does not lead to power as the ways of the world would seem to indicate – , but instead leads to others being hurt and relationships being broken, when I am just bent on exalting my own reasoning and pride. True power and love in relationships is instead when I am crucified, surrendered, dead to my own sinful and proud perspective for the sake of others. True power is when I deny my own emotions and pride, and for this, I need to resolve to make Christ and him crucified the central theme of my life. To know nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified, what does that look like on a daily basis in my relationships? It’s to know that my Lord, Jesus Christ, had to be crucified in order to deal with the sin in me. It’s to know that I am this sinful, never mind how long I have been a Christian, how long I have served in ministry, what kind of position I occupy in the church – Jesus Christ was crucified for my sin. That means I am a sinner in a serious serious way, and I must never let anything else that is going on in my life allow me to think otherwise. As I have known very well what happens in my life and relationships when I know and insist on my own pride and perspective, I want to make knowing Jesus Christ and him crucified the central theme instead, the thing that I most know – that I am only a sinner in need of forgiveness each and every day. And by the grace of God, I am so thankful for His promise that this message of the cross is what will lead to true power of God being displayed in my life.