A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for February 24, 2020
|More on the Cross|
Text: "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world." Galatians 6:14
There was a time and a place where this text became real to me. I had been preaching week after week in an extended revival campaign. The full fire of revival, as I'd come to recognize it elsewhere, did not ignite in that place at that time. Nevertheless, a deep work of the Holy Spirit was taking place.
Sometimes, in special moments, blinders come off our eyes, and we see what we have never seen before. There in that city of Penticton, British Columbia, I understood for the first time that the cross cancels out and makes dead the world and its attractions. Christians are not to love the world, neither the things that are in the world. I found out that it wonderfully helps when God puts out the world's fire of attraction and crucifies it and makes it dead. Think about it: on Jesus' cross the world was put to death on my behalf so that its tentacles cannot ensnare me.
Further, the next part of the text makes it clear (I see myself in Paul's place): "I (have been crucified) to the world." Dead people cannot indulge in the pleasures and temptations of the world. God does a cross-work in me that makes me totally unresponsive to the world.
No wonder the "preaching of the cross" is foolishness to them that perish, but unto those who are being saved, it is the power of God.