And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Based on the book of First Corinthians and Second Corinthians it is quite clear that Paul’s audience placed a lot of emphasis on human wisdom aka thinking too much about themselves and their human abilities (see yesterday’s devo). In these two verses, Paul is addressing the futility of human wisdom compared with the power and wisdom of God. Paul also understood that there are teachers out there who speak with eloquent words and persuasive words, but unlike their worldly standards or practices, Paul only preached Christ crucified. He didn’t care much about the eloquence and sophistication in presenting the gospel.
What a great encouragement this is. We don’t need to think before we can share the gospel, we have to have it all together. The power of the gospel doesn’t rest in our presenting ability of the gospel, but in Christ crucified.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for someone you may know who is in need of physical healing.