Written in June 2016 when our family was serving in Vacation Bible School at our church.
I hope you were encouraged with VBS last night. I had a blast and am really excited to see what God is going to do with the kids this week.
It’s so easy to get discouraged by things that happen, or by parts of the event that don’t go as planned, or even by kids who misbehave. But I want to encourage you to look for the best in every situation and make it a point to remember the awesome things that happen. Each day, ask God to show you one or two things that will encourage you and help keep you going.
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Two words jump out at me in this verse, Boast and Crucified.
- Boast means “to Glory in something” or “to rejoice” in something.
- Crucified describes actual crucifixion, to “utterly destroy” something through destruction by driving of stakes.
So when we think about these words, we see that Paul is telling us that he will not rejoice in anything except the cross of Jesus, because through Jesus the “worldly self” has been completely destroyed. As Jesus hung on the cross for our sins, our debt was fully paid and we were separated from the things of this world.
So many times we walk through life in this world with Jesus on the back burner, like Matt talked about on Sunday. In reality, a life of service to God, a life striving for him, serving him, honoring him should be the basis for our whole life…all other things should be added to that.
So my whole life should be focused on God, serving my family is just an outpouring of that, serving the church is an outpouring of that, working in a business is an outpouring of that. The question we should ask is:
“If we lost everything, just as Job did, what would be left?”
If it is anything except for us and the Lord, in communion together (as painful as it may be), then we need to step back, focus on the Lord and get our heart in the right place.
I love you guys, this has really impacted me this morning and I hope it does you as well. Especially this week as we serve. There are bound to be trying moments, but we need to remember who the labor is for and what he did for us.