Week 3 Devo – MONDAY

The Church is United in the Gospel

For people who have grown up in church, it’s kind of a joke to say that the “Sunday school answer” is Jesus. Here, this answer rings true—Paul explains that the Christian life is all about Jesus. We have been “sanctified in Jesus” (1 Cor. 1:2), we receive grace “in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor. 1:4), we are “enriched in him” (1 Cor. 1:5), Jesus strengthens us to the end (1 Cor. 1:8), Jesus is our friend (1 Cor. 1:9), and the church is united in Jesus (1 Cor. 1:10-13). In light of that, it becomes clear why Paul is so bothered that some have made it about the church leaders rather than the Savior.

The church is not about the pastors or the members; it is all about Jesus. It can be freeing to realize it’s not about you. The pressure is off to perform or impress others. The gospel is about God’s grace and what Jesus has done. When we take the focus off of us, or even our favorite leader, and remember how faithful God has been to us in Jesus, we will be united. The path to peace and unity is not found in self-centeredness, but in Christ-centeredness. May we all put down our mirrors and lift our eyes to Jesus today.

What can you do to focus on Christ more this week?