Sunday, 10 December 2017
Christ; Our Focus
Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthians; a people who are beginning to lose focus on Christ. They were becoming interested in other things as such division and all kinds of darkness entered into the Church. They lost their focus and became interested in gifts of the Spirit, wisdom, power, fancy speech, theology etc. All these things are good things but when separated from Christ they become a tool in the hands of the devil. Paul was to deal with the problem that had ensued, and he knew that the best way to do this is to bring back their focus to Christ and him crucified (1Cor 2:2). While addressing them Paul made reference to the Jews and Greek and this is what we would be talking about in this article.
"For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." (1Cor 1:22-24).
The Jews were looking for signs, they spend all their lives looking for a sign from God. They want to see God display His power, they eagerly wait to behold the manifestation of the power of God. The Greek on the other hand were seeking for knowledge, they love wisdom and anything that seem foolish in their eyes is repulsive to them. They like to subject everything to human reasoning; if it is not logical then it is foolish. They inquire into everything, they approach everything with logic because they want nothing to do with foolishness. The Greeks are lovers of wisdom and they spend all their lives pursuing wisdom.
Paul concluded that once you are called into Christ this very Christ must become your pursuit. If you are a Jews and all you know how to do is to pursue power (a miraculous sign from God) then Christ has become the power of God for you. Christ has become that power you are obsessed with, that power you spent all your life pursuit; your focus must shift from pursuing a thing called power to a personality that is the very power of God. Christ must become to you the power of God; your very obsession and pursuit.
If you are a Greek and all you know how to pursue is wisdom, then Christ must become wisdom to you. He must become the wisdom you love so much, the very thing you are obsessed with. If you grow up in a society where wealth and prosperity is valued then Christ must become your wealth and your prosperity. He must become that very thing your heart beat for, he must become your focus. Let this Christ become all your pursuit, all your desires, all your hunger, all your needs and all your obsession. The moment you come into Christ he must become your all. Paul understood that until Christ comes into perspective we would continue to experience an abnormal Christianity — a Christianity filled with strife, division, envy, hatred and all forms of darkness. So you want to experience true Christianity, then work towards making Christ your one and only focus.
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