Hey guys! My name is Baylee Garrison. I am the Bethel West Pasco Creative Arts Coordinator. I am looking forward to sharing what I have learned from 1 Corinthians chapter 2 with you today.
I love that right at the beginning, verses 1-5, Paul begins with these words…
“When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 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. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.”
What Paul is saying there is, “I’m not going to try to impress you with fancy words and all my knowledge to try and make myself look all wise and smart.” No, he instead was honest with the Corinthians and explained that he was anxious and nervous to share Christ’s resurrection and didn’t want to fill his mouth with words that would put a veil over the message God wanted him to share. He knew that God called him to share the Gospel with theml. Paul was faithful to God and did as He asked. Paul prayed and prepared his heart to write this letter to the Corinthians and ONLY spoke the truth to them. He didn’t fill his letter with “extra” words and unnecessary sentences. He stuck to the truth, which is the story of the Gospel, and discipled them with God’s word alone.
Sometimes my position in the church requires me to speak in front of the whole congregation and share God’s truth. That is probably the most nerve racking thing I do, to be honest. I am always afraid that my words are not going to come out clear or I’m going to explain the passage of scripture I am sharing with people incorrectly. I can get caught up trying to sound like I am “knowledgeable” and “wise.” Reading through 1 Corinthians 2 reminded me that it’s okay to be anxious and nervous about sharing the Gospel. All I need to do is pray that I would be a vessel for God and for Him to speak through me. I prepare my heart to speak only the truth and not add extra words to make it sound more “appealing” to us sinners. We need to remember that we are the vessels and God does the work. In an article I read this week, David Guzik says,
“If someone’s faith is in the wisdom of men, and not the power of God; if someone can be persuaded into the kingdom by human wisdom, they can also be persuaded out of the kingdom by human wisdom.”
I can’t change anybody’s heart no matter what I say or how I say it. Only God alone through the Holy Spirit can change people’s hearts. I am only there in that moment to be the mouth that the Lord uses to speak to that person’s heart. It is not by my works, but God’s alone.