Happy Monday! There are many things that we learn in life, but one trait that is good to know is how to relate to others. Lately, the term code switch has defined our ability to blend with various types of groups. We are coded to speak with one group one way and can quickly change our speech to adapt to a different environment. We are coded to behave one way at work in a meeting and we change our behavior when we have a casual lunch with our friends. Today, in 1 Corinthians chapter 2, Paul is defending his lack of using lofty words to share the gospel message. Join me as we begin the chapter.
“When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan.[b]2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NLT
Paul’s preaching to the Corinthians was nothing he could boast about. While he was well educated and had extensive experience relating the Good News to people, in that particular moment mentioned he did not rely on those things. Paul chose to allow the power of the Holy Spirit to speak through him.
Sisters and brothers, Paul understood the importance of ministering to people on a level that they could understand and apply it to their lives. We also must understand and utilize those qualities because we can be well educated, have the best intentions and know all the right words to say but without the leading of the Holy Spirit our words will be futile.
My challenge to you is:
- Ask the Lord to lead your conversations today.
- Ask him to go before you and prepare you for the conversations and encounters you may have.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to speak through you.
Father God, thank you for your word. Thank you for your Holy Spirit that speaks to us and reveals to us the meaning of your word that gives life. Lord, give us wisdom and discernment to follow after you with our whole heart. Lord, we are tired of living divided lives with one side that pleases you and the other side that pleases the world (or ourselves/flesh). Lord, we want to please you at all times. Lord, equip us with wisdom and knowledge of your word. Help us to be living examples of Christ in us. Humble us enough to understand how to share your word to people around us and love on them as you have loved on us. Lord, be with us as we go through today. May your presence be felt by us and overflow into those around us. Lord, heal the sick, restore the broken and comfort those who grieve. In Jesus name, amen.
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