As you have probably noticed by now, many of my posts are short and to the point. I am not a biblical scholar. I am not Ravi Zacharias (if you don’t know who he is then you should look him up. He has a great podcast that can be found on the Podbean app). The words I type are words that flow through me from the Holy Spirit. You will never get a Bible lesson from me. You won’t see me discussing the root Greek or Hebrew words that were used in the original texts. I do not post to educate. I post to encourage and be uplifting. That is something I feel I was called to do.
If you were just talking to me or reading what it is that I had to say, you would realize that you probably shouldn’t listen to me. Or you just wouldn’t want to hear what I had to say. You would notice countless grammatical and spelling errors (Yay spell check!!). You would notice a lack of knowledge on many things. I know that about myself and it is something that I let hold me back more often than not.
Originally, I was going to post about something completely different but as I studied some scripture and cleared my mind I came across a passage that struck a chord in my heart. It made me realize that by holding back and desiring to be some sort of “divine messenger” with a special ability with words, I am taking power away from the Cross of Christ. It is in 1 Corinthians chapter 1. Paul is talking to the church in Corinth about divisions in the church.
1 Corinthians 1:10-13 (ESV)
10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
Paul is very humble here. If you have spent any time at all in the New Testament you know that Paul, led by the Holy spirit of course, contributed a lot to it. You can’t blame the church in Corinth for giving Paul, or others, so much credit. As a human being it is easy to follow something you can physically see. But Paul reminds us who was on the cross. Christ is not divided. We are all in Christ Jesus. It is not my words or your words that are truly lifting people up. It is not by our hand that people are saved. Let’s see what Paul goes on to say.
1 Corinthians 1:14-17
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
WOW! It was not Paul’s eloquent words that awakened faith in Christ. If it was then the Cross of Christ would have no power. Paul’s words didn’t live up to the standards of the professional speakers of the time. That took the spotlight off of him and placed it on the power of the message itself. It was “the Holy Spirit that empowered Paul’s words that awakened faith in Christ and changed people’s very hearts and lives” (ESV Study Bible).
So, who am I to think that I don’t have the ability to be used for HIS glory? Why do I hold back? By holding back, I am doing others an injustice. I am failing to allow the Holy Spirit to use me to change their hearts and lives. Since it is not my words or thoughts or teaching that will empower you today, I will leave you with this scripture as a final thought:
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
WOO!!! God is so AWESOME!!