Are You Facing Out?

crossOn this Good Friday, when we focus on the cross, I would like to share with you a devotion I wrote a while back for one of our past periodicals Living the Gospel Life. May your observance of this day be faith-strengthening.

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified. 1 Cor 1:22-23

When my father graduated from the seminary, my mother gave him a ring with a cross at the center. But in his first weeks as a new pastor in Odell, Nebraska, a farmer observed, “You’re wearing that ring all wrong. You have it so the cross is facing you. But the cross should be facing out to the people you meet.” My dad has been wearing that ring ‘“facing out” ever since.

It’s tempting to treat Christ’s cross as something that is just for us. We can look at it as a personal memento or a secret comfort. Is that God’s desire? The message of forgiveness and heaven is meant to be something that we share prodigally in our day-to-day lives. Our goal as Christians is that the cross of Christ be “facing out” in how we love, forgive, and care for others as Christ did for us.

Prayer:

Crucified Christ, help me show the world what your cross means. Amen.

Challenge: What can you do this week to help people see that the message of the cross is meant for them personally?

Read:
Col 2:13-15
John 19:17-22

2 replies on “Are You Facing Out?”

  1. Julie Z says:

    I remember this post from Living the Gospel Life…..such a good reminder! Thanks for re-posting Mark!

    • Mark Zimmermann says:

      This one has a special place in my heart. It is good to keep in mind as we encounter people with Christ every day. Thanks for your note.

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