I woke up this morning (July 15) and realized I didn’t write this yesterday. Sundays are so busy for me, I need to get an earlier start and by mid-afternoon, I forget if I don’t have things in front of me.
1 Corinthians 2; 1 Kings 15:1-32; Joel 2:12-32
“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5 NKJV)
Paul arrived in Corinth after leaving Athens. In Athens, while speaking to the caretakers of philosophical orthodoxy, Paul was laughed out of the place when he mentioned the resurrection in a very persuasive presentation of the gospel. Perhaps he realized that no matter how much he appealed to human wisdom to make the gospel message “relevant” to the people around him, the only effective way to preach the gospel was in the wisdom and power of the Spirit of God.
We spend a lot of time and effort learning ways to evangelize, studying apologetics so that we can present our faith reasonably, and finding out about other belief systems so that we can tailor our presentation of the gospel to meet what we see as their needs. There’s nothing wrong with any of those activities, but the greatest way to share our faith is one friend telling another about the difference Jesus has made in our lives.
Lord, there are a lot of cool things in this world that we can learn and share about You. Help me to keep my focus on You and share how You’ve changed my life because of Your crucifixion and resurrection.