New Year’s Resolutions? Just One

“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2 NIV)

If the Apostle Paul made New Year’s resolutions, my thought is he only had one resolution on his list: “[This year] I resolve to know nothing but Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).

Paul’s message is radically simple: Salvation is in Christ alone. What does this mean?

  • It’s not Christ plus your good behavior.
  • It’s not Christ plus the number of verses you memorize.
  • It’s not Christ plus being super active in church.
  • It’s not Christ plus your tithe.
  • It’s not Christ plus wisdom from the latest Christian seminar.
  • It’s not Christ plus the years you taught a Bible study.
  • It’s not Christ plus the perfect spouse.
  • It’s not Christ plus well-behaved children.
  • It’s not Christ plus the right job.
  • It’s not Christ plus a good driving record.

It’s simply Christ — Christ plus nothing.

That’s Paul’s message, a message that is as right throughout this coming year as it will be in 2999. Let’s make our resolution for 2012 to focus on Jesus, who he is, and what he did for us.


Jon Walker’s new book, In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's Classic Work “Life Together,” is a study of small group life.

Jon is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and the author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s “The Cost of Discipleship.” This devotional © Copyright 2012 Jon Walker. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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