SEPTEMBER 30
   
Today's Bible Readings
     I Kings 2
     Galatians 6
     Ezekiel 33
     Psalms 81-82
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
   “But God forbid that I should glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)
 
GLORY IN THE CROSS
      I read about a church that will no longer allow the cross to be displayed within their facilities. They say it is offensive to the modern mind and to the people they are trying to reach. Of course, it is offensive. It always has been, and it always will be, but it is the power of the Cross that changes men and brings them to a right relationship with God. No wonder the church is being criticized today for its feebleness and its weakness. One reason for the feebleness is that there has not been the focus on the believer's spiritual power.  We have not dealt with the tragedy of Calvary, or on the meaning of redemption.
      Paul has spent some time in this epistle verifying and confirming that he is, indeed, an apostle of Jesus Christ, and that what he is preaching is the true Gospel. Just in case some would take that as personal boasting on the part of Paul, he makes it clear that he has nothing to boast about except the Cross of Jesus Christ.
      I am going to ask you to travel back in your mind and remembrance to state your beliefs to yourself again. Consider what your life is based on, and why you are here at all.
      In secular history, the cross is an infinitesimally small thing, but from the Biblical perspective, it is of more importance than all the empires of the world. Yet I know many believers that are not even interested in worshipping our Lord on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. They are more concerned about the death of a pet who was hit by a car than they are for the Son of God as He poured out His life's blood for us on the Cross. For the preacher, we must realize that when we preach the Cross, the energy of God is released. ‘‘. . . it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe ...we preach Christ crucified ..." (I Corinthians 1:21, 23)
      It is so important that we take the time to focus on the Cross and what the Savior has done for us at Calvary. The effect of the Cross is salvation, sanctification, healing, etc., but our responsibility is to preach, share, and witness to the power of the Cross. We are to preach ''Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (I Corinthians 2:2)  That will do its own work.
      Through Calvary, God does the work of consecration. He sets us apart from sin, and provides the potential of holiness. That is God's part. Our part is commitment, being dedicated to God's service. Whatever we face in our daily lives, we must ask the question, ''Is the kind of thing in which Jesus Christ is interested the focus of my life? Do I glory in the cross or the culture?
      If you are willing to be totally committed to Him, never expect to be accepted by the people of this culture; never anticipate that you will feel comfortable in the culture of this world - you will stick out like a sore thumb. You have been crucified to the world, and the world has been crucified to you. That is the way it is supposed to be. You should be very grateful when you discover that you are different from the culture.
      It is the offense of the Cross that sets us apart from the culture; then equips and empowers us to confront the culture. Glory in the Cross!
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
      As we pray for the media outreach of the Gospel, pray that we will be able to keep up with modem technology in a way that can make a quality presentation. For example, DVDs of the JESUS film is needed already in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic. This will make it possible for approximately 50% of the world's population to view this film in a language they understand.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
      ''The cross is the last argument of God."      
Spurgeon