If you’re anything like me I have a hard time trusting people. I’ve been manipulated, deceived, lied to, and even taken advantage of. To protect myself I look for three things. First I look for signs, or evidence of the truth. You can tell a lot about a person by watching how they act. Secondly, I look for those big fat harry things that only God can do. Some people call them miracles. There is no denying what God wants when God miraculously reveals what you’re supposed to do. Finally, I search the depths of conventional wisdom. I know when signs, miracles, and conventional wisdom line up I can be open to trusting others.
This is exactly what the Church of Corinth did. The Jews needed signs and miracles. The Greeks needed wisdom before they could trust the gospel. So, I guess I’m no better than the Church of Corinth. I guess Paul’s advice could apply to me too. So what did Paul say? He basically asks a simple question.
IS CHRIST ENOUGH?
Is Christ enough to heal you from loss, to help you overcome depression, to give you the strength to forgive yourself or those that have hurt you? Is Christ enough to overcome divorce, abuse, or neglect? Is Christ enough? If your life is hard and gets harder is Christ enough? If you’re misunderstood, alone, or confused, is Christ enough? Is there a struggle that you face that Christ is not enough to fix, overcome, heal, grow, or walk you through?
When we deal with people we can always use this evaluation tool to assess their trustworthiness.
Lets walk Christ through this assessment. Can we trust Christ’s integrity? Can we appreciate Christ’s unique abilities? Can we accept Christ’s distinct perspective? Can we put Christ’s needs first? Can we invest in shared experiences with Christ?
Paul would answer each of these questions with a resounding “YES”! Lets look at how he approached the Church of Corinth with a heart that believed that Christ is enough.
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. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Paul wanted the Church of Corinth to realize the power and wisdom of God was revealed through Christ. He wanted them to see that apart from Christ’s power and wisdom any power and wisdom is foolish and weak.
We can realize the same thing. Any wisdom and power that we have that is not given by God and through Christ is foolish and weak. Christ must become enough. So here is what we need to do to insure that Christ is enough in our lives, families, and communities.
Trust Christ’s integrity.
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (ESV)
Appreciate Christ’s unique abilities.
17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 (ESV)
Accept Christ’s distinct perspective.
30 I and the Father are one. John 10:30 (ESV)
Put Christ’s needs first.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
Invest in shared experiences with Christ.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2 (ESV)
God, fill us with your wisdom, knowledge, and understanding so we may represent you well. Help us to sacrificially serve, unconditionally love, and be recklessly abandoned to you.