1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (TPT)
2 My brothers and sisters, when I first came to proclaim to you the secrets of God, I refused to come as an expert, trying to impress you with my eloquent speech and lofty wisdom. 2 For while I was with you I was determined to be consumed with one topic—Jesus, the crucified Messiah. 3 I stood before you feeling inadequate, filled with reverence for God, and trembling under the sense of the importance of my words. 4 The message I preached and how I preached it was not an attempt to sway you with persuasive arguments but to prove to you the almighty power of God’s Holy Spirit. 5 For God intended that your faith not be established on man’s wisdom but by trusting in his almighty power.
In this passage, Paul tells us it is not how eloquently we speak or our superior knowledge that enables us to reach out to others and share our faith in Jesus Christ, it is the power of the Holy Spirit.
If Paul felt totally inadequate and afraid when addressing the Corinthians, one might wonder how we will fare? I must confess that I am terrible at quoting Scriptures and have a great respect and admiration for Christians who can quote the right Scripture at the right time. Don’t get me wrong, I can share the stories and messages, just not always able to tell you exactly where to find them in the Bible. The importance of spending time in the Word cannot be overstated. However, we have all probably met someone who can rattle off great lengths of Scripture but the message of Jesus’ love for them has not reached their hearts.
Paul’s tactic was not to give long glossy speeches and sprout the latest philosophical arguments. He made the decision to keep his message plain and simple – the message of Jesus and his life; and his ultimate sacrifice, made in love for us. Paul teaches us that Jesus must be in the forefront of our message of faith to others.
To be able to share our faith and lead another to a life with Christ is an honour and a privilege. Too often we rely on our own wisdom and confidence – or lack thereof – and simply do nothing or totally get it wrong. As such, we can be encouraged by Paul’s message to not rest on our wisdom but on God’s power. A power that is active in ourselves and in the lives of others.
Another’s response to a life of faith is a response to God’s power, we simply need to start the conversation.
Lord, may we have the confidence to act on the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and share with others our testimony, our faith in Jesus. I give thanks we do not have to rely on our wisdom alone but can trust in your almighty power. Amen.
Written by Sue Lavery