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Sunday, January 1, 2012
New Year’s Resolutions? Just One by Jon Walker Ministries daily devotional 01 January Sunday
“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2 NIV)
If the Apostle Paul made New Year’s resolutions, my thought is he only had one resolution on his list: “[This year] I resolve to know nothing but Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
Paul’s message is radically simple: Salvation is in Christ alone. What does this mean?
It’s not Christ plus your good behavior.
It’s not Christ plus the number of verses you memorize.
It’s not Christ plus being super active in church.
It’s not Christ plus your tithe.
It’s not Christ plus wisdom from the latest Christian seminar.
It’s not Christ plus the years you taught a Bible study.
It’s not Christ plus the perfect spouse.
It’s not Christ plus well-behaved children.
It’s not Christ plus the right job.
It’s not Christ plus a good driving record.
It’s simply Christ — Christ plus nothing.
That’s Paul’s message, a message that is as right throughout this coming year as it will be in 2999. Let’s make our resolution for 2012 to focus on Jesus, who he is, and what he did for us.