*Today’s post is inspired by She Reads Truth journal prompt, and 1 Corinthians written by the first epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 | As for myself, brethren, when I came to you, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony and evidence or mystery secret of God [concerning what He has done through Christ for the salvation of men] in lofty words of eloquence or human philosophy and wisdom. 2 For I resolved to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 And I was in weakness and fear [dread] and great trembling among you. 4 And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power, 5 So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men [human philosophy], but in the power of God. ~The Everyday Life Bible – [ ] indicates notes by Joyce Meyer
In the pressure and struggles of this world to “keep up with the Jones'” it’s easy to rely on man’s word or advice, whether it’s about your finances, your parenting skills, your marriage… whatever.
Paul says it simply to the Corinthians, and to all of us. It’s not about any of that. It’s not about man’s philosophy or wisdom.
It’s all about Jesus Christ. It’s all about His truth. THE TRUTH.
Do I have all the answers? Did Paul? Not at all! But Paul had the truth. He let the truth lead him.
Wow. Even Paul hesitated to share the message of God because he was unsure what to say. Let that sink in a minute.
Is the truth absent of fear? Paul had fear. “And I was in weakness and fear and great trembling among you.” The great Paul afraid? Yep. He was afraid of how to speak the great message. He leaned on the Holy Spirit for guidance and support; letting the Spirit speak through him.
I may share stories of faith here but, in real life I admit I have a hard time talking about Jesus. It’s fear, yes. Fear that I am not a Biblical scholar and don’t completely understand the meanings of verse. Fear because I don’t have scripture memorized, I only remember reading something about a subject somewhere in the Bible. Fear that someone will call me out on it. Fear of confrontation. Fear of rejection.
I think what Paul is saying here is to keep it simple.
Let your actions speak the Truth through you.
I may not know what to say, or how to say it. I will leap and say it anyway.
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I love the challenge to just keep it simple and live an authentic life. Amen!
Thanks Jessica! To be real is simple, but sometimes the hardest thing.
Thank you for your post and encouragement! I loved how you said that Paul let the truth lead him. Paul had his eyes on Jesus and not on the wisdom of man. May we let the Spirit lead us in our words and have no fear in sharing the love of Christ with others.
Thanks! And to listen the Holy Spirit and not the world, today, is HARD!
“I will leap and say it anyway.” That is how to live right there, isn’t it? I am right there with you, Sister. Right. There.
There is no time like the present, right? Live right now and don’t wait for the “perfect time”. Thanks for stopping by Heather.