Day Thirty-Nine

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For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:2

At different times in my life I find I need to simplify everything. I’m not sure how it happens, but I seem to get distracted and bogged down. Everyone’s opinions are barking in my ear, and I can’t tell anymore what I think about things. There are a bunch of decisions to make, and I keep making them, but I feel so uncertain of what’s wise. All of my commitments, each one made for a good reason, now all add up to constant busyness and distraction. I need to cut through it all. I need to simplify everything again and figure out what’s basic. What’s the foundation.

That is why Paul made this resolve and stuck to it. It’s a desperate move in a sense. It’s reducing all of life and ministry to one core commitment. But then you do it, and you suddenly realize how liberating it is, how cleansing. All of the opinions of men shout at you, and then you realize they’re only that: opinions of men. For all those decisions you need to make, you can now see a guide. What glorifies Christ? What glorifies Him as crucified? All of the commitments I’ve made, I now submit them to this new resolve.

Some will stay, some will go. Let the glory of Christ, and Him crucified be all I know, or need to know, or need to tell others. It’s a simple and wonderful way. This resolve is a great shout of NO to all of the confusion and options around us. Run today to the blessed simplicity of the love of the Father, in Jesus His Son.