Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Key Verse: “For I am determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
Several weeks into an international speaking trip, I was half complaining to God that I was trying to do His work, but with late nights, early mornings, and hectic days, I was becoming utterly drained and exhausted. Not just physically exhausted; my soul felt dry as well. I knew it shouldn’t be that way.
His answer to my prayer came while I was out somewhere around mile 20 of a 33-mile “unwind hike” through the South American mountains. You’re going about this in the wrong way, His Spirit whispered to my heart. You’re doing the work for the sake of the work, and that will always leave you dry. Working for love—that’s another matter. The purpose of your life is not work. The purpose of your life is Jesus Christ.
Why are the simplest things sometimes the most profound epiphanies?
Revelation 4:11 came to my mind like a cool river in the desert: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were created.” That’s life! His glory. Exalting His name. What profound refreshment there is for the soul when I am just His—all His, only His. When life and work are all for love—a love that is stronger than death.
We as a church have a mission: to take the gospel to the world and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). This is no easy task. But there was a time before now when the gospel “was preached to every creature which is under heaven” (Colossians 1:23), against even greater odds than we currently face. What enabled it to happen then? The apostle Paul summed it up: “For I am determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” And, “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:2; Philippians 3:8). Opinion, reputation, comfort, ease, pride, popularity—no, I want none of that. I want Jesus Christ. Him crucified. All else is rubbish besides.
We cannot accomplish our mission by ourselves. It can only be accomplished when everything besides Jesus Christ and Him crucified has become rubbish through the reviving power of the Holy Spirit. It can be accomplished when we find in Him our common treasure, the One worth setting aside all for—our opinions, our comforts, our reputations. Our common point, our unity in mission, lies in our collective willingness to count all as loss besides Jesus and to know nothing but Him. Without this mindset of surrender, we are sheep scattered on the mountains.
May our outlook on ministry and mission be revolutionized. May we be all for Him, together. O Lord, receive glory and honor and power!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Heavenly Father, how can we say it more eloquently than Paul: “For I am determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2)? May this be our one central focus! May this be the key that puts everything else into place. For Your glory and honor we pray, Amen.
By Natasha Nebblett
Guest Contributor from New Mexico and president of GYC