Welcome to my She Shares Truth post for this week!
For the past 14 months, SheReadsTruth has been part of my daily walk with Jesus, bringing amazing daily devotionals, reading plans, a sense of community and igniting a desire to read more of the Word. Each Friday for the last few weeks, the invitation has been there to write and share what God speaks to invidividuals through a passage, and this is my first week to share that (eek!) I pray that as you read, what He wants to share with you stays, and anything of me is stripped away.
1 Corinthians 2:1–5
Paul’s Message of Wisdom
1 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. 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.
We can all think of people who are able, through their words, to change the world around them, be that for good or ill. ‘Silvertongued’, ‘wordsmiths’, ‘smooth talkers’ – at their worst, they influenced for their own selfish gain; at their best, for the benefit of the one listening to them. Yet Paul, writing to the church at Corinth, says that he didn’t rely on any of his eloquence and his ability to communicate-even though his intentions were the best they could be, for what better use of words than to reveal God through them? Instead, he relied solely on the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth about who God is, and the amazing, beautiful sacrifice His son went through for each and every person.
How easy would it have been for him to use his gifts – his God-given gifts of communication and revelation – in order to bring about the changes he knew were God’s plan for the church? Yet he writes that he did none of that – he relied only on the Spirit and kept his focus on Christ.
Every day, I have a choice. Every day, you have a choice. Will we do everything through our own strength? Everything through our own sphere of influence and power? Or will we choose to put aside self, and do it all through God, even though we too may be ‘weak and trembling’? Philippians 4:13 says ‘I can do all things through He who strengthens me’ and I find daily encouragement in this.
But here’s the rub – if we come to this way of thinking only because it’s better than our own, only because it’s more useful for getting things done, then we miss the point. There is a beauty in putting aside self, in pursuing God’s will for our lives, in relying solely on His strength – because in doing so, we are like Christ, who set aside every desire He might have had in order to do His Father’s business – the work of restoring the beautiful relationship between us and God.
So, whatever challenge you may face,whatever difficulties lie ahead in your day, or whatever you want to see happen – will you set aside your own plans and eloquence in favour of God’s, even if that means you are left weak and trembling? God promises us that it will not be in vain.