“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2 NIV84)

I had not anticipated how emotional this devotion might be for me. This is the second verse (the first was John 3:16) that I memorized nearly 30 years ago. I wanted this verse to be the missional verse for my life and ministry. I wanted those I came into contact with to see Jesus and not Tom Donnelly. I wanted everyone I ever met to somehow come into contact with Jesus’ crucifixion. Thirty years later, I don’t know whether those around me have gotten to see Jesus, or whether I have gotten in the way. But one thing I can assure you, over the last 30 years I never would have guessed how many times I would have to crawl back to the cross of Jesus to find air to breathe, to find light to see by, and to receive a most needed forgiveness that was more and more undeserved each time I came crawling. At 52 years old, I can tell you why this was the second verse I memorized in my life — because God knew how much I would need the cross in my life.

If you know me, you know I’m up for any good philosophical debate and theological argument. But at the end of the day, or the end of life, all such debates would be meaningless if Christ crucified were not in the center of each moment. I pray, with tears, that this verse not only be my verse, but also your life’s missional verse.

Peace!

Pastor Tom

  1. April 26, 2012

    Tom, just last night (having not read this until now) I was in a conversation with a dear friend of ours and we were discussing seeing people with our eyes and not allowing our judgements to interfere and cloud our perception of them (at least that was what was going on in my head as we were talking). I attempted to quote this verse(“one of Tom’s favorite”). How many years have I heard you say it and read it in your writings? All along I interpreted this verse a little differently than how you describe in your devotion here. Like you, I tearfully (and prayerfully) long for those around me to see more Jesus and less me, but this verse always reminds me to see those around me through Jesus’ eyes and not mine. To see them and know them as Jesus did while He was loving them as He hung suffering for them on the cross. Thank you, once again, for making me ponder on God’s Word … always alive and active … and sharper than a two-edged sword! God bless you, friend!

  2. April 28, 2012

    only you Tom can know how i feel now .Your devotional exactly my feelings this day.

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