Revive Me, Week 48–A Year of Growing Stronger in the Lord
Go to Calvary
I’m fighting distraction. I’ve been focused on whatever my current responsibility has been. When I could check off that assignment or event, my focus would move on to the next one. Yesterday during the Lord’s Supper, I was about to put the fruit of the vine to my lips when it dawned on me that my mind had completely wandered all through the partaking of the bread. I lifted my head as I realized I couldn’t recall one single sentence mentioned in either prayer that had just been offered.
Paul lifted up the cross as his central focus. For him, nothing else mattered. “And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:1,2). I can see that I need to clear away the clutter and focus on the cross:
- It is my power source (1 Cor. 1:18).
- It is my motivation (Gal. 2:20).
- It reminds me of God’s love (Rom. 5:8).
- It strengthens me against temptation (1 Pet. 2:24,25).
- It helps me see what’s important in life (Heb. 12:1,2).
It is so easy to get pulled away. When I wander off on my own, I need to revisit Calvary. The purpose of the cross was to bring me to God (1 Pet. 3:18). Jesus gave everything for me there and that should be the reason for everything I do here.
“He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Cor. 5:15).
Suggestions for the Week:
- Read through all the gospel accounts of the death, burial, and resurrection.
- See how many of the rest of the New Testament books mention the cross.
- Sing songs about the cross this week: “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Lead Me to Calvary,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross,” etc.
- Share the story of the cross with someone this week.
Read it. Memorize it. Live it.