I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:2
Ready for a bit of movie talk? Here goes. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the academy award-winning film entitled, City Slickers. City Slickers is a comedy about a neurotic New Yorker played by Billy Crystal. He decides to spend two weeks at a dude ranch in order to sort out his mid-life crisis. Once he arrives, he comes face-to-face with a seasoned old cowboy by the name of Curly, played by the legendary Jack Palance. Curly is the roughest, toughest – and wisest – man Billy Crystal’s character has ever met.
Even though City Slickers is a comedy, its most memorable scene is serious. Billy Crystal is riding side-by-side with Curly during a cattle drive, and Billy is pouring out his heart to Curly about his confusing and complicated life. After a time, Curly stops riding. He turns in his saddle and looks right at Billy. Curly says to him, “Life is about one thing. You find out what that one thing is, and you’ll be all right.”
You and I can watch City Slickers and laugh as a nervous Billy Crystal tries to play cowboy. As we do, however, many of us see more of ourselves in him than we care to admit. It’s very easy to get lost in the weeds of life. It’s very easy for our deadlines and crises and worries and regrets to smother us in a thousand distractions.
Curly is right. “Life is about one thing.” When we have that one thing firmly in hand, everything else will be all right.
Enter the Word of God. Enter the Word of God through the apostle Paul. In his first letter to the Christians in Corinth, Paul simply says, “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
And that’s it. Life is about Jesus. Life is about what the Son of God was willing to do to rescue us from the abyss of our sin. Life is about our forgiveness, purchased at the cross. And life is about living for him.
Thank you, Lord Jesus. For the One Thing in my life is you.
Holy Spirit, when distractions and worries of life begin to smother me, refresh my focus through your gospel. Remind me that my life is about Jesus. Amen.