1 Corinthians 2: 1-5
When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior 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. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
I really resonate with Paul the writer of this passage. Tomorrow I am speaking at an international conference and then again on Wednesday and to be honest I felt quite anxious about it all. So there I was asking myself, ‘why you so worried about this speaking gig? You do heaps of public speaking, what is the issue?’ The issue is simply this: imparting something useful, being inspirational, thoughtful and entertaining with an international audience.
Then I opened my Bible and while flicking through came across the 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5 and had one of those amazing, ‘pause, re-read, wow!’ moments. Paul, this giant of the faith, states that it isn’t about his ability to convince or be persuasive, but his task is to demonstrate the Spirit’s power.
Wow. I immediately realised that my role was not to entertain but to showcase how God is working; and to be completely open to the Spirit’s leading. In this I am committing to doing God’s will not my own.
God’s power not my wisdom. So my aim now isn’t to be inspirational, thoughtful and entertaining but to display God’s power, to speak of His magnificent works.
And with this perspective my anxiety evaporated. Praise God!
God bless, Rev Mark
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