This is one my favorite times of year. School has started; mom’s groups and Bible studies are all getting ready to kick off. It is a new beginning, a fresh start to set goals and do things better. It is a time to meet new friends, and learn new things. I was ready to share my best blog yet, full of truth and mommy wisdom. And yet there I was, unable to think of a single thing to say.
I sat there, staring at the blank screen and the blinking cursor. How could it be that I couldn’t think of anything to write about??
I have a whole list of topics and Bible verses that relate to this journey of motherhood that I want to share…and it’s good stuff! But going down that list none of it seemed like the right thing to say this week. So I just kept thinking and praying.
Then I began scrolling through social media and I became even more discouraged. There are so many things in the world to worry about…politics, social issues, environmental problems, injustice at every turn.
What is the answer to all of these problems? Is there anything worth saying in the midst of so much noise that is already surrounding us? Everyone seems to have a different answer. We are all “selling” something. What can I say that will really matter to anyone or make a difference?
As I wracked my brain day after day wondering what I should write about, I kept feeling like all there is to say is “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” This passage from 1 Corinthians kept coming to my mind.
“And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.1 Corinthians 2: 1-5 NIV
I love this passage so much where Paul is speaking to the church in Corinth. I feel like I could be saying the same thing to you today. On my own I am certainly not wise, definitely not eloquent, and so often weak. I am just a regular mom trying to figure it out from day to day. In fact, most days I feel pretty unqualified to give anyone advice about life or being a mom or a follower of Jesus. That’s when I am thankful to open up my Bible and read that God has a pattern of using people who are unqualified. That way, the credit can go directly where it belongs, to the Holy Spirit of God and His power.
During this season of new beginnings, and new goals, I am reflecting on going back to the basics of faith in Christ and what that means. What is the one thing we have as Christians that can make any difference to a hurting world? Jesus Christ and Him crucified!
When I scroll through the seemingly endless debates and disagreements on social media I think, “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
When I think about the mom who feels lonely, or overwhelmed by it all I think, “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
When I think about the only hope we have for this life and for eternity…I think, “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
We can give all the advice, and share all the human wisdom we can figure out. And nothing will be as powerful as those few words.
When I read my Bible, I see that every person who came in contact with Jesus was forever changed. Knowing Christ is what transforms lives. So maybe the best thing I can do in this life is just to try and introduce others to Him, and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.
If you haven’t heard the gospel, or maybe you just need a reminder, here are a few great verses that tell us what this Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about.
“God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.”Romans 1:2-4 NLT
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”Phil. 2: 6-11 NIV
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”Roman 5: 6-8 NIV
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:12 NIV
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”John 11:25-26 NIV
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”John 3:16 NIV
There is a song that has been in my head all week long by the group 7eventh Time Down, called “Just Say Jesus.” I love the words to the chorus that say:
When you don’t know what to say
Just say Jesus
There is power in the name
The name of Jesus
If the words won’t come
Cause you’re to afraid to pray
Just say Jesus
The best words I have to share with you today are Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Know Him, love Him, read about Him in His Word and pray. Tell others what He’s done for you. Just say Jesus…to your friends, to your kids, to your husband, to yourself, to that mom you meet in the park that needs hope and a friend…when there’s nothing else to say.