Hi there everyone! I pray that all is well with each of you and your families and friends. It would be hard to number the amount of individuals i have heard teach, preach, instruct on and illustrate scripture over the years. Tons of those folks i have really enjoyed and have learned a lot through their insight. Others i have found hard to listen to simply because of their delivery method. I had to concentrate on what words they were saying and the point in scripture they were trying to bring across. Our perception of scripture often times is directly related to the Christians we know, the Teachers of the word and the often times famous individuals who present the gospel.
This morning i was reading about Paul’s approach to ministry in Corinth. 1 Cor. 2:1-5 reads 1. “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2. For i decided not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and with much trembling, 4. and my speech and my preaching were not with the persuasiveness of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power, 5. in order that your faith would not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
Paul learned pretty early on, I think, that his long list of credentials didn’t carry God’s spirit into the battle, but The Spirit carried him. Yes it did open a few doors at certain times and he spoke to some about his list of accomplishments, but I’m thinking that if he had approached the crowds of people shouting his own worth and honors every time, many of them would have turned away possibly angry because of his delivery. In that time period so many rulers had continued to suppress the people and beat them into submission. They could have seen him as just another “I am so much better than you, look who i am” individual, that they could have turned the true words of the gospel off and never found salvation.
May we always be humbled in our sharing and living of the gospel. May people see the living Christ in our words and actions. May the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts, (“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”) may they be acceptable in your sight Lord, our strength and our redeemer.
Carefully weigh the words of those you sit under for teaching. Consider their delivery, their attitudes, their actions. Don’t be blown about by every wind of doctrine but test them to be sure they are of God. May the depth of our perception be clear through the eyes of God to discern the true reflection of God’s words and purpose.