Paul said he was sent “to evangelize — not with clever words, so that the cross of Christ will not be emptied of its effect.” (1 Corinthians 1:17) “When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2
Greetings fellow sojourner! Have you ever considered the powerful simplicity of the Gospel message?
I understand the desire to make speech interesting to the point of capturing the audience or reader’s attention so they remain engrossed. I am not attempting to suggest we remove expressiveness from our speech; even the Bible uses poetry. What I am wondering is whether we feel compelled to speak in a way that makes the gospel message interesting to people instead of just speaking of Christ and Him crucified?
We are told in 2 Timothy 4:3 that people’s ear will itch to hear something new. This verse is primarily addressing false teaching but it also applies to people and their need to be entertained by hearing exciting new things rather than by directing themselves to the renewing of their mind based on the truth Scripture holds.
I am thankful for talented people gifted with a command of language. Individually, let’s ensure we are always checking ourselves to make certain our heart is not seeking or requiring clever speech to entertain us instead of loving the gospel message in its clear and straightforward presentation. The marvel of the Cross is sufficient.
The message of the Cross has the power in and of itself to transform and convict any single person who hears it’s good news. An individual will receive what God has to offer whether it is delivered by an eloquent orator or by someone simply reading straight from the Word because not a single person has the power to convict and change a heart. That transformation can only be done by Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
We must not let our mind tell us something is only worth our time if it has the power to entertain. We are not only believing a lie but we are also sending a message to those teaching us the Word that they must entertain us with their approach. Lord, help us to not be like the Corinthians in this way.
In His grace,