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. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:1-10
Just this morning, I paused, pen in hand, afraid what I was about to write wasn’t good enough. I knew I had heard from the Lord, as I could feel my heart swell and my blood rush, and yet- my words felt inadequate. Nothing I wrote felt profound enough.
As a writer, I am a perfectionist. I long to craft my sentences just so. I seek to use just the right turn of phrase. And yet, I’m learning that so often, this perfectionism can get in the way of what the Spirit simply wants me to say.
Share It Anyway
I love that in his letter to the Corinthians, Paul, one of the greatest orators of our faith, reminds us that the Gospel doesn’t need to be dressed up to be life-changing. In truth, His power shines through our obedience more than our eloquence.
In doubt-filled moments, I hear Satan’s accusations loud and clear: who do you think you are to teach the Word of God? I have no formal training. I have no wisdom beyond what my own experience with the Word has given me. And yet, these words from Paul remind me that all I need to know is the person and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and I have all I need to tell others of Him…
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This is a portion of a devotional I wrote for the Devotable App, you can read the rest of it here.