October 6, 2012 by nathanodell
I have had a heavy burden on my heart recently to share with my brothers and sisters what I will write about in this blog post – especially members of the wider body of Christ who I don’t see or fellowship with regularly.
While in fellowship, a dear saint whom I love read out of 1 Corinthians 1… There were a few verses that really struck me that have stuck with me for the past month or so. The more time I spend on these verses the more I have come to see how important these verses are in the time we are living in.
For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Cor. 1:22-24
and a few verses later,
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 1:30-31
I can say quite truthfully that I can identify with both categories Paul speaks about in these verses. In the past I have been a power seeking Jew looking for signs from God. Whether it be, healings, supernatural encounters, angelic visitations, glory clouds, manifestations, visions, miracles etc. I have at some point or another been captivated by these things and pursued after these things with zeal. Regardless of what I saw or experienced I always wanted bigger and better things. I always thought there must be something more around the corner. I would often ‘boast’ to people about my experiences and encounters.
I can also equally say that I have been a wisdom seeking Greek. Whether it be theology, eschatology, prophecy, correct doctrine, biblical history, apologetics, memorizing eloquent phrases etc. The more knowledge and wisdom I could attain the better I felt, and the more spiritually mature I thought I was. The more arguments I could win, the more I thought I was pleasing the Lord by being able to defend Him. I would without saying ‘boast’ about my knowledge and wisdom to those I would speak to.
The point I want to get at is this.. We can so easily get distracted by these ‘things’. These ‘things’ have an appearance of power and wisdom. But there is something far greater than these ‘things’.. It is a person named Christ – Who is BOTH the Wisdom and the Power of God. Our boasting and focus should not be on power or signs or knowledge and human wisdom but in Christ. The Person is far greater than the ‘things’ and in fact most of these ‘things’ are an expression of the person. But let us not worship the ‘things’ but Christ and Him alone. Let us not preach a gospel of ‘things’ but a gospel of Christ crucified. Let us not make Christ a mere footnote to these ‘things’. Christ is truly in you brothers and sisters and He has been made to be your power, wisdom, redemption, sanctification and righteousness! We are part of the one new man in Christ – there is neither Jew nor Greek. Therefore, let our fellowship be in Christ and let our boasting be in Him and Him alone.
My burden is for brothers and sisters chasing after ‘things’, and missing the fullness that is found in Christ. If this resonates with you then know this – Christ is in you and you are complete in Him – you can enjoy Him fully and come to Him as your power and wisdom. Don’t be conned into thinking that the next big thing is around the corner… The biggest thing that will ever come came 2000 years ago in the form of a person named Christ – who now lives in you. Enjoy Him. Be satisfied in Him. Rest in Him.