A Devotion About Nothing

John Hill

“Claiming to be wise, they became fools…” - Romans 1:22

“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”– 1 Corinthians 2:2

I used to love the Seinfeld show.  The producers claimed it was a show about “nothing.”  They were committed to making us laugh every Thursday about seemingly meaningless topics.  There was the episode where Jerry and the crew spent the entire show waiting to be seated at a Chinese restaurant.  Famous lines that made their way into cultural dialogue were commonplace.  Maybe you remember, “No soup for you!” or the episode about the magic spit.  And while the producers wanted us to believe that the show was about nothing, the dialogue was actually very complex and well thought out; which is why it was the #1 show in the ratings for several years.

You see, “nothing” may seem like a word, or a goal, that lacks purpose yet, it is incredibly focused.  Take Paul’s statement above for instance: Paul says he “decided” to keep completely zeroed in on one thing while he was with the believers in the ancient city of Corinth: “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”  Paul’s entire approach in ministry was to know nothing else.  He didn’t want to lean on human wisdom, or technique; he only wanted the people of Corinth to see in him a passion for the story of Jesus and how He died as a sacrifice for sin so that we could all be right with God. 

The problem is that our supposed wisdom often gets in the way.  We find ourselves in the place that Paul described in a letter to some Christians in Rome when he said that some people become fools by claiming to be wise.  We see that all around us today with claims of no God, no absolute truth, and tolerance for all.  They all seem like wise conclusions and many agree, but they fail to see the foolishness of such claims.  Paul warns us by example to not lean on human knowledge and wisdom and to flee from it when it goes against God or His truths.  Instead we should not try to become wise in the world’s eyes, but in God’s and we, too, should strive to “know nothing among [one another] except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”  Note that it is a choice for Paul says, “I decided.”

Maybe you would be willing to make a similar choice today.  Decide to live a life that knows nothing…except the power of Jesus and His resurrection.  You may be surprised at who is watching your life-show.



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