In his book, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers reflects on Galatians 6:14 (“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”) and writes, “Break away from your personal concern over your spiritual condition and with a completely open spirit consider the tragedy of God. Instantly the power of God will be in you.”
What are you focused on today? Are you focusing on your “spiritual condition,” or on the Cross of Christ… or on something completely different? It is not a bad thing to be focused on reading your Bible daily, or on praying for at least thirty minutes a day, or on community service so that you may become more humble; but these things are not what we, as Christians, are called to primarily focus on.
As Christians, we are called to focus on the Cross, and on what happened there. As Chambers wrote, “…with a completely open spirit consider the tragedy of God.” The cross was a tragedy, and how often we perceive it in a completely different light. When most of us reflect on the Cross, we look and see what we receive from it; we look with selfish eyes and see our own personal gain.
I find it extremely ironic that the most selfless act in history is now nearly always looked at with selfish eyes. God did not need to send his Son for us! Who are we that God should sacrifice His son for us, so that we may have eternal life? Who are we that God should love us so much that this sacrifice would be made?
This year, when you look upon the cross and celebrate Good Friday and Easter, look not at what you get out of it, but rather what God put onto it: His beloved Son, filled with love.
Think about what your focus on right now? Is your focus on getting good grades in school so that you can graduate and get a good job and be successful in the future? Is your focus on getting a date with that person that you’ve been eyeballing since the beginning of the year? Or is your focus on reading the Bible every day for at least an hour, in hopes of attaining “Christian enlightenment?”
Focus on the Cross of Christ. When we focus on the man on the cross, and on what was given there. When we focus on the Cross of Christ, then everything else will fall into automatic focus. Not every problem in life will be instantly “fixed,” but life with begin to fall into better focus.
May we truly be able to say, (“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”)