“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ …” (1 Corinthians 1:10).
The best remedy for a SICK CHRISTIAN, a SICK CHURCH, a SICK COMMUNITY, or a SICK COUNTRY is to point them, not to their PROBLEMS (though the problems be many), but to the PROBLEM SOLVER.
Point them to JESUS!
In writing to the church at Corinth, which, I think you would agree with me, had a problem or two, we find Paul FOCUSING ON CHRIST first, and then, and only then, dealing with the issues at hand. In the first ten verses of his letter to the church of Corinth, we find “Jesus,” “Jesus Christ,” “Christ,” “Lord,” or “Him” (referring to Jesus) mentioned in every verse, and a total of at least 12 times.
Actually, when you think about it, Paul’s writings are overflowing with a great emphasis, not on men, methods, or movements, but on the Master- our Lord Jesus!!
As one authored noted, “Instead of being the point of their lives, He was only a part of their lives.” Isn’t that true of us today? In far too many cases, Jesus is not the PREEMINENT ONE [COL 1:16-18] in our lives, He is simply a PROMINENT ONE. And there’s a big difference! This same author wrote the following:
When the moon eclipses the sun, it is a wonder to behold. When anything eclipses Jesus, it is an atrocity to eradicate. Think about this. There’s never been a time like ours. Never have there been more resources for believers in Christ. Books, new versions and editions of the Bible, conferences, MP3s, DVDs, … radio stations, worship albums, blogs, websites, Christian Internet networks, and some of the best preachers in history, but still a broad shadow lingers over so many. Abundant resources have not yielded abundant life.
A few pages later the same author writes:
After all, Christianity is the worship of Jesus Christ. It’s the worship of Jesus Christ exclusively, and it’s the worship of Jesus Christ comprehensively. He alone is worthy; He alone is God; He alone is the infinite sacrifice made for the sins of those who would believe. But it’s comprehensive as well, which means that every part of our being should be engaged in the worship and honor of Jesus. If Jesus is who the Bible says He is, if He did what the Bible says He did, He is worthy of absolute, complete, exclusive, comprehensive attention and focus in our life.
Our greatest need today is not a truth, but THE TRUTH!
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save (except) Jesus Christ, and Him crucified … That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:2, 5).
JUST REFLECTING ON THE REDEEMER!!!