May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
1 Corinthians 2:1-2
And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human 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.
The goal is to live with a singular passion to bring glory to God in all things. Can life really have that much "singleness" of purpose?
Can work and leisure and relationships and eating and ministry all really flow from a single passion? Is there something deep enough and big enough and strong enough to hold all that together? Can sex and cars and work and war and changing diapers and doing taxes really have a God-glorifying, soul-satisfying unity?
This question drives us to Jesus. Living for the glory of God must mean living for the glory of Christ: birth, life, death, and crucifixion.
Few verses in the Bible are more radical and sweeping and Christ-glorifying than Galatians 6:14: “Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Or to state it positively: Only boast in the cross of Jesus Christ. This is a single idea. A single goal for life. A single passion. Only boast in the cross. The word “boast” can be translated “exult in” or “rejoice in.” Only exult in the cross of Christ. Only rejoice in the cross of Christ.
Christ is the glory of God. Because of Christ, we are adopted as sons and daughters. We are forgiven. We take on righteousness. We receive God's love. We are conformed to the image of Christ.
Therefore everything in this life is to be a tribute to the truth that: Jesus is better.