Baptism of the Lord
Psalm 29 (The voice of God upon the waters); Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 (There is nothing new under the sun); 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (The power and wisdom of God)
There are those who look at life as being empty and meaningless. Solomon, in a time of despair, talked about the emptiness and the meaninglessness of life. How many times have we heard, or even repeated to ourselves that life is meaningless? We do all this work here on this earth, and then we die. It really would be depressing if there was no meaning to life. We are not part of someone’s dream – about to vanish once they wake up. We are not some alien kid’s science project that got a C- and is now sitting on a shelf in his home. We recognize and follow the one true God.
Interestingly enough, people who have posited crazy ideas like the above as reasons for our existence then turn around and imply that those of us who have faith believe in foolishness. They ask us how we can believe the incredible story of God coming to earth in human form, turning Himself powerless and dying on the cross, then rising up from the dead, and ultimately having the promise of a home in heaven. All we can do to respond is agree with Paul: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” When people are dead set against the idea of God existing, let alone loving us, there really isn’t a lot we can do to convince them. The best thing to do, is pray for them and show them by our lives that God has made a difference in us. The cross shows us the grace of God in a world that shies away from mercy and forgiveness. The cross shows the love and selflessness of God in a world that has become selfish and indifferent to others. It is, by worldly standards, an utterly foolish idea. So, rather than condemn or criticize those who fail to believe, we are called to show them by our lives that the message of the cross: grace, mercy, and concern for others truly shows the power of God. Be powerful today, oh foolish one, and show the love of God to others.
Lord God, how meaningless life would be without You! We live in a world where we admire people who “look out for number one” and crawl over the backs of others to succeed. You teach us that true joy, success, and happiness depends on our relationship with You. Help me spread the message of the cross as I live for You today.