Read 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. Here we are at the beginning of the New Year. Many of us are back at work today. Others are preparing to return to school or clearing up the house from the festivities. Are you still struggling to make a New Year resolution?
Then Paul has one for you: forget everything except Jesus Christ. Don’t you think that’s a great resolution? For Paul, life and ministry is simply Jesus Christ and nothing else.
What does that mean for you? It means that life is not Jesus Christ plus being good so that God is pleased with you. It’s not Jesus Christ plus not missing a day of Battle Drill. It’s not Jesus Christ plus all the things you do at church. It’s not Jesus Christ plus the pips on your shoulders. It’s not Jesus Christ plus how much you put in your weekly giving. It’s not Jesus Christ plus how many Christian books you read this year.
Life is Jesus Christ plus nothing. The best thing we can all do in 2023 is focus on Jesus, who he is, what he did for us and what he has planned for us this year and beyond.
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
• What do you try to add to Jesus Christ to ensure God is pleased with you?