What does it matter, really?

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2

When I heard this verse during a Sunday night sermon, it felt like it had been delivered by a 2×4 right between my eyes. Sure, I’d heard it before; I knew the context. Paul is talking to the church at Corinth and he’s addressing some issues.

But he is clear on one thing: his main purpose is to teach Jesus and the meaning of his death and resurrection.

I know this as well. And I share it frequently.

But I also can tell you at least 8 out of the top 10 Billboard hits, give you a synopsis of all movies currently in theaters, quote nearly every line from ten seasons of Friends, break down millenial lingo, name the platforms of most Miss America contestants, and tell you who every Taylor Swift song is about.

Instead of pride, that verse makes me ashamed of this fact.

Why do I know- and care- about so much worldly trivia? Do I still have that much of me invested in the ways of this world?

What does it matter, really?

I need to pray more, to study more, to seek more…

I need to remember which side of this battle I’m on.

Searching for the Deeper Things of God

(an original poem)

Standing on the edge…

ready to dive

into the deep end

of faith…

Where there’s life

and depth

and breadth…

Where faith abides

and grows

and flourishes

This is where we find

the deeper things of God…

 

(1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.)

GEAR UP: MOUNTING UP

It’s Sunday night! Time to gear up for a new week. As always, the best way to do that is to PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18) but we also will focus on ONE area to strengthen our walk with the Lord. Just one focus to help us grow a faith that cannot fade with the demands of life and the pressures of this world. This week we will focus on MOUNTING UP!

Harness the horses, mount the steeds! Take your positions with helmets on! Polish your spears, put on your armor! Jeremiah 46:4

There are many instances in the Bible when we are told to mount up, the Lord mounts up, others mount up…it brings up an image of a strong soldier or Wild West lawman going into battle with the full weight of the law on their side.

When we mount up, we have the full weight of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit on our side and we cannot fail.

The only time we falter is when we forget to mount up in Christ and try to do it in our power instead.

It’s like throwing a toddler overboard with dollar store floaties vs. an official life vest.

Mount up in Christ this week. Remember from whence your power comes and stand your ground.

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31