Good Morning! Hope you all are having a great Tuesday so far! I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as frequently lately. I really want to give the blog a new, more exciting feel, and have been doing a lot of [time consuming] brainstorming to get that all rolling. Hopefully you will start seeing some new features popping up soon here on the blog, but in the meantime, I thank you for your patience!
Anyways, I thought I would share something I read from 1 Corinthians yesterday that I found to be very interesting…
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”
1 Corinthians 1:27-29
In our world today—and arguably back in Jesus’ time as well—the wise, strong and wealthy are often valued more highly than other, more ‘normal’ people. Those with a higher social standing are often those whose advice we listen to when we find ourselves in a tight place. We look up to those who are wise, and we admire those who are strong. But, did you know that neither is a requirement for receiving God’s free gift of salvation?
In the above scripture, Paul is basically stating that no amount of human strength, knowledge or wisdom can replicate or bypass what Christ did for us on the cross. Nothing we can ever accomplish will ever live up to his sacrifice. No amount of brain or brawn can ever replace what he did for us. Christ didn’t die solely for the wise and the strong—he died for everyone. He died for you. He died for me. Everyone. And there is nothing we can ever do to earn our salvation, apart from trusting and believing through faith that Christ died for our sins.
In a world that is all about getting ahead, no matter what the cost, it’s refreshing to hear that salvation is on a completely different page. God sent his only son, Jesus, to die for us on the cross, and in doing so we have the opportunity to receive the gift of salvation and eternal life with him. None of us deserve it—we are all sinners—but Jesus died for us all the same. What’s more is that there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. The only way to receive it is by trusting and believing in what Jesus did for us on the cross all those years ago. Sounds almost too good to be true—but believe me, it’s true. If you’ve never received the free gift of salvation and eternal life in Christ, I would encourage you to seek out the scriptures—especially the gospels and the New Testament. And I would also encourage you to pray and ask Jesus into your heart right here and now. It doesn’t have to be a complicated prayer—just something simple, like this…
Jesus, I understand that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins. I recognize that you paid the ultimate price in dying for my sins on the cross so that I may receive the free gift of salvation and eternal life in you. Thank you so much for dying on the cross for me. Please come in to my heart today, and begin to do you work within my life. I love you Jesus. Amen.
It doesn’t have to be word for word—this is just a guideline. Pray however you feel led. I promise that you won’t regret it. Life with Christ is much better than anything we could ever imagine on our own!