Reading: 1 Corinthians 2: 1-16
Paul was well-educated and knew the Jewish faith inside out. He could quote from the scriptures all day long. He could probably recite all 623 codes found in the Law. Paul was a man with great knowledge. And he was very smart – he knew that the power to transform lives was held by God alone. So Paul chose to proclaim faith, not religion. Paul chose to share the words brought to him by the Spirit instead of relying on all the fancy religious terms and rules he knew so well. Paul chose to speak from the heart and not the mind.
When we come to the sacred place of being able to share our faith with someone, they want to know the source of our joy, peace, and contentment. They want to know how God has transformed us. They want to know how accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will change them forever. There is no interest in knowing what committee we are on or where to sign up to be an usher. The seeker simply wants to feel what we feel and to experience the power of Christ in their life. They want to hear and feel from our hearts what it means to be in a relationship with Jesus.
Others will come to us in times of pain or brokenness. They often do not know where else to turn. They have exhausted their other options. Some have a sense that only God can help. It may be prompted by a sudden tragedy, by an unexpected job loss, a request for a divorce that comes out of nowhere. Here too we must speak from the heart and must rely on the power of God to give us the words to say. Like Paul, we must trust in God to lead and guide us and to help us “speak not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths”. In situations that are truly beyond us and make us feel inadequate, we must call upon God and seek the power of God. Then the words we speak will be the wisdom of God.
In all things we must rely on the Lord our God. This is true of our words, our actions, our relationships. May we ever seek God first, trusting fully in God’s power alone.