January 22, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 1:17-18. “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ is emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”
Rather than overcomplicate the Gospel message, "lest the cross of Christ is emptied of its power." Paul knew that he must speak in a way that people understood what he was saying. His message had the core truths that he had heard and understood as God's Gospel: "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). May we also speak in clear and understandable words about the saving power of Jesus.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, may our words be plain-spoken and sincere when we tell others about Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. In His Name. Amen.