According to our weekly schedule, today's reading is 1 Corinthians 4.
My devotional thought of the day, however, relates to 1 Corinthians 2:2. And I think this is a great passage for believers to memorize.
"For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified."
In context, Paul makes this statement to the Corinthians, informing them that he was not going to pass himself off as a sophisticated scholar or an eloquent rhetorician. Instead, he was going to focus fully on the basics of what it means to have a relationship with Jesus.
In my personal life, I modify the intention of this verse slightly. As I interact with members of my extended family, friends, or neighbors, I sometimes find myself in disagreement with them over some noncritical issue. And whenever I am tempted to begin a debate over the topic, I recite this verse to myself:
"I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified."
This verse reminds me that my efforts should be focused on presenting the Gospel and pleasing Jesus. For example, rather than debating if the Atkins Diet is really the best way to lose weight, my focus shifts to considering how I can encourage spiritual health in others and in myself.
As you go through the rest of this week, I hope you too will consider the ways God wants you to forget other distractions and focus instead on "the one who was crucified."
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