I live in the Southeast and for anyone familiar with college football, you know we take our teams seriously. I grew up in south Florida in the 1980’s and became a huge fan of the Miami Hurricanes. It was easy to do considering they won the national championship in ’83, ’87, and ’89 and played for the title several other times. They were brash, they were exciting, they had swagger. At the University of Miami, “It’s all about the U!”
Fast forward to 2016 and Miami has won two more national titles (1991, 2001) and I’m still a diehard fan. I enjoy watching their games but I don’t get bent out of shape if they lose. It’s just football right? I’ve grown to learn there are far more important things to focus on and today that is the cross.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CROSS!
“I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). This sentence, spoken by the apostle Paul, is exactly the mindset we should have. There is so much we can focus on in life, much of which is completely pointless, but we have the reminder of the cross ever before us. It’s our choice whether we focus on Jesus and his love for us or if we let the concerns of this world pull us away from what is truly important.
Even recent events can challenge us to pour our life into spreading the message of the cross. A vicious presidential campaign, job and economic concerns, and the tragic loss of life in the Orlando shooting. All of these events are important as they should be. We should take the time to remember those who were senselessly killed in the Pulse nightclub. We should definitely educate ourselves about this year’s election cycle and be prepared to vote with a Christian point of view. As good stewards of the resources God has given us, we should be mindful of the impact the economy has on our ability to take care of ourselves. But in the end, all of those topics pale in comparison to the message of the cross.
-When there are worries and anxiety about the state of our country, the cross brings that into perspective.
-When the economy is struggling, we must remember where our true treasure lies.
-When acts of violence and terrorism seek to bring grief and anxiety to our lives, it’s the cross that soothes that pain and worry.
And yet Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is useless unless you act. Yes, it is through faith and his grace that we are saved. But we still must offer up that faith by giving over our lives to him in trust and obedience. And then you can boldly say as I do…
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CROSS!!!
(God’s invitation to give your life to him is always open, but I would like to use this opportunity to talk to you if you have any questions about what that entails. Please feel free to contact me through this post so we can talk about the saving grace that is offered to you by God. He loves you with his entire being and wants to restore his relationship with you if only you would believe.)