1 Corinthians 1:18 Guest Devotional

Today, we're having a special guest (blue topaz's brother) come and share a devotional about 1 Corinthians 1:18. I hope you are challenged by what he says.

Perspective. It's a word we are all familiar with, the window through which we see our world. How we interpret what we see is also related to our perspectives. Just as a library may hold an appeal for a book lover like me, someone who would prefer to play video games may view the collection of books as boring.

1 Corinthians 1:18 says:
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God."
As Christians, the cross should empower and motivate us. When we think of the love it took for Jesus to come to earth and shed His blood for us, it should ignite a passion in us to spread that love to others. Though the world may condemn us, we can be emboldened by the cross. As we spread the gospel, our success may be limited. But even when we're feeling down or meeting difficulties, the cross remains a steadfast source of hope. Instead if dwelling on our own trials, we should remember Christ's sacrifice.

But a nonbeliever holds a vastly different perspective. When they think of the cross, they may know the story of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection, but may dismiss it as religious nonsense. They have no steady, unfailing source of hope like Christians. And little do they know it, but they are drowning in their sins. Their position can be compared to a man trapped in a pit of quicksand. As it drags him down, he struggles to free himself. Then, someone tosses him a rope. What is he going to do? Will he ignore it and keep trying to free himself? Maybe he will be too focused on the swiftly sinking sand to notice it. Or will he grab hold of it and let someone else pull him to safety? Although the answer may seem obvious, many people today are striving to free themselves from their sins through their own strength. But does someone's denial of the power of the cross change the truth? No. As always, the truth of the Bible prevails. Just because the drowning man in the example doesn't see the rope doesn't invalidate its existence. It is still within his reach, ready to save him, just as God's simple plan of redemption through Jesus Christ remains to those who accept it. We as Christians should be alerting unbelievers to the saving power of the rope: the cross. And the more we as Christians keep the cross in our minds, the more motivated we will be to spread its message to the world.

Even though many unbelievers will still view the cross as foolishness despite your best efforts, perspective can change. Just think of Saul. He's the perfect example of the most hardened heart's perspective changing through the grace of God. And I think that's why this verse is my favorite Bible verse. It's more than just a statement, it's a call. A call to rally Christians around the cross to achieve a common goal: being the change this world needs by spreading the power of the cross.


Thanks for reading and I hope that you have a Happy New Year!! (wow 2016 is here!)

<3 blue topaz

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