210F3D46-1164-4724-ADF9-00C6351339BEGALATIANS 6:14-16: “But may I never boast—except in the cross of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. Through Him the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything—but only a new creation. Now as many as live by this rule— shalom and mercy on them and on the Israel of God.” TLV
OBSERVATION: A dear friend once told me – “The main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing.” This statement has stuck with me throughout my life. And when I think about my walk with the Lord, it has kept me from straying off into tangents that were either wrong or unproductive.

What is the “main thing?” In the believer’s life the main thing is Jesus. It is not simply the teachings of Jesus, as this would simply make Jesus a great philosopher or teacher. Rather, it is the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. It is His sacrifice that has opened the way for me to have a relationship with the Father, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and walk in newness of life.

In essence – the cross is everything!

When Paul looked at everything he could boast about he chose one thing – the cross of Jesus Christ. Why? The cross is a dividing point. It is the end of our sin and the beginning of our new life. It is the call to surrender and the freedom to live. It is our victory over sin, death, and the devil, and our bridge to eternal life. In the cross of Jesus Christ we find everything – salvation, sanctification, and redemption.

Paul writes in Romans 6 that when we place our faith in Jesus Christ we are united in His death and resurrection. Our old man is crucified with Christ, and our new man is risen to walk in newness of life. The cross is the dividing point. And the cross points the way to our new life. The old hymn rightly refrains – “The cross before me, the world behind me…no turning back, no turning back.”

In Christ we have died to our old way of thinking, acting, and living. We have been resurrected to live a new life in the Spirit. This new life is counterculture to this world and all it stands for. We are liberated to focus on the things that are eternal as we hold lightly the things that are temporal. We no longer are to focus on outward appearances, but hunger for the true regeneration of the heart. This is why Paul says,

  • “For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything—but only a new creation.”

The enemy always tries to get us to return to trusting in the externals of life. Yet, the cross calls us to trust only in the internals. The internal of faith, hope, and love. The internal of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The internal of Christ in us, the hope of glory. It does not matter what I have or accomplish. The only thing that is eternal, the only thing that truly matters is – am I becoming a new creation?

This question takes brutal honesty on our part. Are my values changing? Are my thoughts directed to things above rather than things on this earth? Am I walking in the love and forgiveness of Christ toward others? Am I seeking to serve rather than be served? Am I a better person, a better man, a better husband, and a better father? Is the cross doing its full work in my life?

Lord, I hunger for the cross to do its full work in my life. Therefore, today I choose to boast in the cross of Jesus Christ my Lord! May I walk in its fullness and in its power. Change me from the inside out and make me a new creation in Christ Jesus!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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