Keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing

Kevin Ibanez

"When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified."  I Corinthians 2:1-2

Why do we complicate things so much in life?  In our world, there are so many different things, ideas, philosophies, methods, and procedures that complicate our lives and quite frankly, are many times really not necessary.

As Christians, we tend to complicate things in our churches, too.  We come up with so many rules, regulations, ideas, methods, procedures, books, pamphlets, blog posts, emails, and Facebook status updates.  In reality, I think that the Apostle Paul summed it up well in that his heart's desire was "to know nothing...except Jesus Christ and Him crucified."  Pretty simple, huh?

The other day, I was explaining to my sons that there are different theological viewpoints of eschatology (the study of end times) in light of the recent Harold Camping prediction debacle.  I explained to them that these various viewpoints are important things to know about, but as Christians, we can discuss and debate them, but we shouldn't divide over them.  As I was explaining  these various viewpoints, I thought about how complicated some of these ideas were and how in reality, it's not about dates or times, because we know that our Lord will return someday, but the reality is that we must focus on Jesus and in getting His good news out to a world that so desperately needs Him.

As followers of Jesus, we have been given a mandate, a purpose statement from our Lord.  Matthew 28:19-20 tells us to "Go and make disciples, baptizing and teaching whereever we go and to do all in God's love."  Matthew 22:37-40 says, "by loving God first and then loving those around us".

Let's not forget to "keep the main thing, the main thing" which is to keep our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), our Lord and our God.

So, today let's stop and take a moment out of our hectic schedules and spend some time with our God, our best friend and the one that our lives should revolve around, Jesus.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Lisa wrote:
It's so important that we "keep the main thing, the main thing" because when Christians get into debates about the end times, it causes distraction and keeps them from doing what is most important, and that is... that we go out into all the world and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so ALL of our brothers and sisters will be saved. Jesus said, in Mark 13:32-33 (NLT), "However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son Himself. Only the Father knows. And since you don't know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!" Therefore, we should stop trying to figure it out. Whenever God decides to do it, He'll do it, and we (God's children) must be ready whenever that time comes. We must put our focus on preparing ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ, and stop debating about when that time will be. We must be ready whenever that time comes! Debating about it takes away time and energy from preparing for it.

Thu, June 30, 2011 @ 9:01 AM

2. Kimberly Nieblas wrote:
Great message, Kevin. So true.

Sat, July 2, 2011 @ 8:21 PM

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