“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.” – 1 Corinthians 1:17
If you’re like me, you sometimes hesitate to talk about your faith and, usually, our silence is because we’re afraid:
- Afraid someone might ask a question we can’t answer.
- Afraid they’ll think we’re not very sophisticated in our thinking.
- Afraid we just won’t say it right.
Here’s where Paul comes in with a God-given insight (see verse above): It’s not about our intellectual words, knowing all the answers, or having the power to persuade – it’s about Jesus. When we simply point people to Jesus, his message, his actions, and his cross, we can’t go wrong. Paul says, in fact, that if we’re too good in arguing our point or using impressive words, the attention goes to us and our message falls flat. If we can direct someone to Jesus and the cross, Paul says, that’s where the power is. Not us – him. That was Paul’s message to the people of Corinth in the 1st century and it’s ours today.
So, if someone asks what we believe or why we have hope or peace in this sometimes-crazy world, let’s not get sidetracked with reconciling the Bible with science or theorizing about prophecies. Let’s just talk about Jesus, what he has done for us, and what he has promised to those who follow him. Then he does the rest. No more fear!
“The cross tells us that God understands our sin and our suffering, for he took them upon himself in the person of Jesus Christ. From the cross God declares, ‘I love you. I know the heartaches and the sorrows and the pain that you feel. But I love you.'”- Billy Graham
Sometimes when we gain more knowledge we sound arrogant. Knowledge can increase pride. We must love the arrogant and live with the proud. How? Learn to embrace the rants graciously and persist. Listen humbly. Forgive them for they know not what they do.Be grateful for God’s little daily joys.
Good wisdom, Marcia. Thank you.