December 20 | CRUCIFIXION
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Paul’s contrasts the human and God’s ways and wisdom of preaching and living. Having been a leader, commander, orator among the Jews, Paul is siding with the life of foolishness for Christ. Associating with Jesus will require sacrifice, letting go of our past pursuits of high positions, controlling power and self-promoting prestige.
Look at Paul’s previous words and attitudes:
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For 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. 1 Cor. 1:17-18
If the crucifixion represents us identifying with Jesus and the denial of His will to fulfill His Father’s:
- Is there an area of your life God is calling you to please Him?
- Is there an area of your life He’s calling you to disassociate with, to better identify with Him?
- Do you need help crucifying (dying to or giving up) a troubled part of your life? Identify this area, ask God for forgiveness, then grace and strength to identify with Him.