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Take the world, but give me Jesus
Pastor Dave Scharf
by Pastor Dave Scharf
May 24, 2024

It is amazing how many giants of music and the arts today weren’t recognized as giants when they were alive. Schubert couldn’t find steady employment. Rembrandt died in bankruptcy. Mozart worked himself into a state of sickness that finally killed him. Van Gogh’s paintings were spat on by respectable people in his homeland of the Netherlands, and he struggled with poverty.

Jesus is the ultimate example of not being appreciated in his day for who he was: the Way, the Truth, the Life. By and large, Jesus was rejected by his contemporaries, and yet the works of our Savior still change lives and eternities today. Jesus once said of himself, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (Luke 20:17). What do you see when you look at Jesus? Do you see the cornerstone that gives direction to the many things in your life, or do you see Jesus as just one of many things that take up your attention in this world? 

The reformer Martin Luther had a test to find out if Jesus is really your cornerstone in life. Here it is. When the chips are down in your life, what do you look to for vindication? financial success? family? career? If so, that underappreciates what you have in Jesus. Instead, look to the cross. There you find not only your forgiveness but the foundation for every aspect of your life. Take the world, but give me Jesus!