Don't become so absorbed in your faith that you are sidetracked from what is most important.
I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him cruciﬁed. 1 Corinthians 2:2 (KJV)
This is a difficult verse for me, a difficult challenge of Paul’s. Because if I understand Paul correctly, it’s all about Jesus. That seems to be all He cares about.
I love Jesus. I do. Jesus fascinates me. I feel His love all around me and through me. I see His miracles in the world. But while I am a Christian and have pledged my allegiance to Jesus and His teachings, there are other things I want to know. I’m a scholar. An academic. I’m a writer, and something of an activist. There are causes I believe in. Many things I want to address as a teacher trying to make the world a better place.
I’m reminded of a story I once heard Max Lucado tell. He said that his wife sent him to the store to pick up bread. On the way to the bread aisle he saw cookies. So he put them into his basket. And thoughts of cookies led him to the milk, so he picked up milk. When he got home, he showed his wife the cookies and milk and invited her to a sweet little feast. “But, Max, where’s the bread?” she asked him. I’m like this. While my ultimate goal is to know Jesus, I can get sidetracked by other things that seem—and are—important.
If I’m not careful, I can become so absorbed in learning information, even supporting good causes, that I forget the most important thing, the only thing that really matters for me or anyone else. Jesus.
Faith Step: As you go through your day today, don’t forget the Bread of Life. He’s the One essential