The Main Thing is to Keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing

Kevin Ibanez

"When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified."  I Corinthians 12:1-2 (NLT)

Easter is almost here!  You can sense the excitement and buzz in the air!  In my home, as a family, we have been going through an Easter Devotional by Ann Voskamp in preparation for the pivotal event in all of human history – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is such a great reminder to keep Jesus as the center of the Easter season.  We get so distracted by so many things, many of them good things, but they are not always the best thing.  A famous quote that many of you may have heard, popularized by Stephen Covey, reminds us to, “Keep the main thing, the main thing.”  What is the main thing?  The Gospel and even more specifically – Jesus.  In 1 Corinthians 12:2, Paul reminds the Corinthian church that when He was with them, he purposely strived and decided to keep Jesus as the main thing in his life.  He encourages them to do the same, as I encourage you to also keep Jesus and the Gospel as the bullseye that keeps you focused.

Colored eggs, Egg hunts, jellybeans, Easter baskets, chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps are all a part of the fun of Easter, but they should never take the focus away from Jesus.  While we serve at church, and prepare to host an amazing Easter lunch/dinner as we gather with our families this season, remember the why behind all these good things.  Jesus, the One who was crucified, rose again, and because of this most amazing act in all of human history, we have hope, new life and others can have this hope and new life, too.

Keep Jesus and the Gospel, as the main thing and you will be blessed as you share the love of Jesus with family and friends.  If you take your eyes off Jesus and the Gospel, this Easter season can easily become a whirlwind of activity that ultimately leaves us empty and unsatisfied because we missed the main thing.

Remember, Jesus is the main thing.  Keep your eyes, you heart and lives always focused on him and you will be blessed and be a blessing to others.

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