Christ Crucified

The story is told of a tiny English chapel whose stone walls were covered by ivy. Over an arch were inscribed the words: WE PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED. For many years a generation of godly men did exactly that: they preached Christ crucified.

But times changed. The ivy grew and pretty soon covered the last word. The inscription now read: WE PREACH CHRIST. Other men came and they did preach Christ:  Christ the example, Christ the humanitarian, Christ the ideal teacher.

As the years passed, the ivy continued to grow until finally the inscription read:  WE PREACH. The generation that came along then did just that:  they preached economics, social gospel, book reviews, just about anything.

I don't know if that story is true. But I know this to be true: We will be tempted to build a church on something other than Jesus Christ.

It's easier to build a church on something else. It's safer to build a church on something else. It's less offensive to build a church on something other than Jesus Christ crucified.

But build a church on Jesus plus something else or Jesus instead of something else, and you won't have a church. To build a church, you must build on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Prayer Guide

Today as you pray …

Contemplate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Give thanks to God for sending Jesus to save humanity from sin.

Consider those areas in your life that are not built on the foundation of Christ.

Ask God to mold you and help you find your foundation in Christ.