Take it Away, Jesus – Today’s Youth Devotion

Take it Away, Jesus

Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:21-25

Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:24

AN OLD scientist supplemented his retirement income by traveling from university to university with his chauffeur, Bob, and delivering a lecture on his field of exper­tise. Over the long weeks of travel, the scientist and Bob became friends.

One day as they drove to the next lecture, the scientist said, “I’m getting tired of giving the same lecture every day. You give the lecture this time, Bob.”

“Are you kidding?” Bob protested. ”I’m no scientist.”

“These people don’t know that,” the scientist explained. “They have never seen either of us before. Besides, you’ve heard the lecture so many times you practically know it by heart. So you be the scientist, and I’ll be the chauffeur.”

“But the audience always asks questions after the lecture,” Bob argued.

“They ask the same old questions every time, and you have heard me answer them all. Just answer the way I do.”

After thinking about it for a moment, Bob smiled. “Okay, I’ll do it.”

The lecture went off perfectly, and nobody suspected that the “scientist” ad­dressing the audience was really a chauffeur. And during the question-and-answer period, Bob sounded like an expert. He had heard the scientist answer the same ques­tions many times before.

Then someone asked a new question-the most difficult and complex question the chauffeur had ever heard. “That’s a great question,” Bob said. “It’s so simple, in fact, that even my chauffeur can answer it.”

Nodding toward the front row, he added, “Take it away, Bob.”

Bob was a wise man not because of what he knew but who he knew. As long as the scientist was close by, Bob had nothing to worry about. But if he ever tried to do a lecture without the scientist, Bob would be in trouble.

As a Christian, you may not look wise or powerful to non-Christians around you. In fact, you might choke on some of the tough questions about God and sin and salvation that they throw at you. But you are intimately involved with someone who doesn’t just know the answers-he is the answer. Paul calls Christ “the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24). And as long as you live in a close, daily relationship with him, you can count on his power and wisdom to be yours. When the tough questions fly at you, you can always look his way and say, “Take it away, Jesus.”

REFLECT: God calls you to tell others about him. How does it boost your confidence to know that Jesus has the total answer to any question?

PRAY: Jesus, help me prepare well to answer the questions my friends might ask. But help me trust that you always know the answers.