We worry too much about the things we consider necessary and essential in this life. How can we focus in on what should be the most necessary and essential things for our life? Paul tells us through the words he wrote the the believers in Corinth…
What did the Corinthians consider necessary & essential compared to what God says is necessary & essential?
- Intelligence – 1 Corinthians 1:18- 23
- Power – 1 Corinthians 1:24-25
- Position – 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
- Pride/Fame – 1 Corinthians 1:30-31
For each of us what’s “Necessary” is different. The Nashville song “A Life That’s Good” gets closer to what’s really “Necessary” in this life.
Sittin’ here tonight, By the fire light,
it reminds me I already have more than I should.
I don’t need fame, no one to know my name,
at the end of the day, Lord I pray, I have a life that’s good.
Two arms around me, heaven to ground me,
and a family that always calls me home,
Four wheels to get there, and enough love to share
At the end of the day, Lord I pray , I have a life that’s good.
There is a secret to a “Life that’s good“, and that secret is you have to know where you came from to know where you’re going…
To know “YOU“, we have to ask ourselves this question; “How am I defined?” Whose definition of who we are should we listen to; the world our God?
In the Message of the Cross we find everything that’s necessary & essential for having “A Life That’s Good“…
- Intelligence & Wisdom (1 Timothy 1:15)
- Power (John 10:18)
- Faithfulness (Luke 22:42)
- Love (1 John 3:16)
- Justice (Isaiah 53:5)
- Compassion (Isaiah 53:5)
- Righteousness (Luke 23:46-47)
- Mercy & Forgiveness (Luke 23:34)
- Faith & Trust (Luke 23:46)
- Hope (Luke 23:39-43)
But we’ve allowed ourselves to be deceived into accepting the world’s definition of who we are and what “A Life That’s Good” looks like… 1 Corinthians 3:18-20
The real “Life That’s Good” is in the “Message of the Cross“. Our “Essential Value” is in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, because everything that we see in the crucifixion is in us; Colossians 1:26-27;
Others can’t tell us who we are or what’s necessary or essential to our lives; 1 Corinthians 3:12-23
Why? The Greek phrase Paul used – Pas esti hoo-mone… Pas (anything, everything, all of it, the whole thing), esti, (belongs), humon – hoo-mone (to you)…!!! As a believer, you already have what this world considers “Necessary” so we don’t have to chase these things because “Everything Belongs to us through Jesus Christ“…