Morning Devotional, 08 July 2024

Morning Devotional, 08 July 2024

Monday – The Paradox of the Cross

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

The cross of Christ stands as a paradox to the world’s understanding. To those who do not know Christ, the idea of salvation through a crucified Savior seems foolish and irrational. How could the instrument of death and humiliation become the means of eternal life? The notion defies human logic and contradicts every standard of power and wisdom that the world upholds.

Yet, for those of us who have experienced the transformative power of the gospel, the cross is the very wisdom and power of God. In the apparent weakness and shame of the cross, we find the supreme demonstration of God’s love and strength. Through Christ’s willing sacrifice, sin and death have been defeated, and the way for our reconciliation with God has been made.

This paradox exposes the fundamental difference between the wisdom of God and the wisdom of the world. The world seeks power through domination and conquest, while God’s power is revealed in self-giving love. The world pursues wisdom through intellectual pursuits and human philosophies, but true wisdom is found in the seeming foolishness of the cross.

As followers of Christ, we are called to embrace this paradox, living according to the upside-down values of God’s kingdom. Let us reject the allure of worldly wisdom and strength, recognizing their limitations and inability to save. Instead, let us cling to the cross, drawing our identity, purpose, and power from the One who triumphed through sacrifice and suffering.

May the cross shape our perspective and inform our choices this week. In our interactions with others, may we model the humility and servanthood exemplified by Christ. When faced with challenges or adversity, may we find strength in the power of the cross, trusting in God’s ability to work through our weaknesses.

As we begin this week, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. May the paradox of the cross lead us to boast only in the Lord, giving Him all glory, honor, and praise. For in His upside-down kingdom, true wisdom and power are revealed in the most unlikely of places – the bloody cross of Calvary.