“Confused and Broken” – 1 Corinthians 1:18

1 Corinthians 1:18

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

The world has become a place with much confusion, leading to heartbreak in every community. Confusion has the ability to take hold of anyone no matter their situation or circumstance. Brokenness creeps in through the smallest cracks before anyone knows that their life is starting to be run by confusion and darkness. Foolishness does not care about who it breaks – what social class a person is, what skin color or the intelligence someone has. Humans are just simply broken. And we are in desperate need of a Savior. 

The good news for all humans is that there is an answer to our confusion, heartbreak, brokenness, darkness, and foolishness. The answer is simply Jesus Christ. Paul is communicating that the people that don’t understand Jesus as Savior are foolish and will perish. However, this doesn’t mean people have to remain and perish in their foolishness. God has extended His power of salvation through Jesus Christ, so people can live a life of victory, healing, growth, and unconditional love.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we need to share what the cross truly means to the foolish world. The cross represents Jesus Christ taking the place of every human being for our sins. Jesus died on the cross so that we might have life through Him. His death on the cross paid the price of our sins in full. Jesus died, was buried, and resurrected, defeating sin, death, and the grave. The time is now for every follower of Jesus Christ to share what Jesus has done for them on the cross. 

While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:  
  • Why do you think the word of the cross seems foolish to the world? 
  • How have you experienced a shift in perception towards the cross since choosing to believe and follow Christ? 
  • How might we help others experience that shift as well?   
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 
Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond? 

A big thanks to Macon Jones for today’s devotional thought! 

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