Friday, December 09, 2005

Today's devotional

Today's Verse: For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18 / KJV

In The New Living Translation, we read ... "I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the very power of God. "

The message of the Cross does seem foolish to many these days. I wonder at the number of Chruch Fathers who wrote exactly these words in generations past. How would they feel if they were to be living now ... in 2005? Do you wonder how they would look at our world today?

I could write for pages on the difference between 'our time' and 'their time', but I suspect that Paul's purpose at the time he penned these words from a prison cell so many years ago was much different. I suspect that his purpose was to turn those who read the words to the Cross and its 'message as the very power of God'.

As I sit at my computer in a world much different from Paul's and that of our Church Fathers, I listen to an internet radio station playing a song with the lyrics ... 'What can wash away our sin, what can make us whole again, nothing but the blood, nothing but the blood of Jesus. Thank You for the Blood!'

The very power which raised Christ from the dead, resides within us as His people. (Romans 8:11). With that power available to us to do His work, we can indeed rest that the message of the Cross is 'the very power of God' and the most beautiful message of all. I challenge you today to meditate and speak upon this truth today.


Gayla said...

Carolyn, I tried to e-mail you thru the e-mail addy listed on your profile. It bounced back. Can I get your new one?

Carolyn said...

no problem!

Gayla said...

OK, thanks.

Do you realize that in your profile the e-mail is

I e-mailed from work, so I'll copy and send it on Monday. It's not earth-shattering or anything!

BTW, love your pic in your profile! What happened to your big Texas hair!? :)

Carolyn said...

my big texas hair blew out on the way home. ;(

i changed the link, gayla. i'll look forward to your email.

btw, what did you think of my devotional?

Gayla said...

I'm sorry, I got all caught up in the e-mail thing! I've been gone most of the day today, too.

Naturally, I couldn't agree with you more! All the things of God are foolishness to the natural man. I'm just glad that He is in the business of drawing us and wooing us to Himself - since we can't very well know Him in a mere intellectual way!

Thanks for the reminder that through Christ residing in me, I possess the power of the Holy Spirit!