but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:24
Have you ever known someone who had to “see” proof before he would believe what you are telling him? In spite of seeing, some people simply will not believe. At various points in the Bible we encounter groups of doubters or naysayers who questioned God. Examples would be when God led Noah to build an ark, or when He directed Moses to lead the children of Israel across the Red Sea.
Paul understood the challenge it was for these new believers in Corinth to understand the plain simple message of Christianity. Wisdom, intelligence, knowledge and education were held in high esteem in their world, so believing in something as basic as Jesus dying a sacrificial death on a cross for their salvation seemed simplistic and too easy.
Even today, this gift has often been rejected. I’m reminded of Jesus’ encounter with Thomas when He said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Have you ever truly considered the consequences of rejecting the invitation Jesus extends to you, which you may have encountered through the words of Scripture, in music lyrics or by the preaching of various ministers? Think about it. If you were drowning, and someone threw you a life preserver, would you reach for it? If your house was going up in flames and a firefighter was trying to extricate you, would you choose to burn instead?
Why did people in the day of Jesus refuse to accept Him? Many of them were first-hand witnesses to His miracles and healings, but often in foolishness they chose to perish. Why would someone today reject Jesus? It may be because of apathy, family connections or other interests. However, Jesus has removed all the stumbling blocks between mankind and Himself. He offers us His salvation. If someone chooses to be saved, the message of God is free and powerful. Praise God for your salvation today!
What gives you confidence that you are saved?
If someone asked you how to be assured of his or her salvation, could you answer?
How can we avoid being doubters?
Pray that your family and friends would seek Christ and receive the power of God.