by Jenyve B. Ibanez
“When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. ” 1 Corinthians 2:1, NIV
A promise is given that the Holy Spirit will guide and empower us. The power of the message is not in the speaker but in the message itself. This way, we will not boast of our own abilities. The people will believe the message because of its truthfulness and not because of its impressive presentation.
If we are convinced simply because the speaker is lively and well-known or eloquent, we are not really putting our faith in God’s words but in the excellence of a human being like us.
“I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” Jeremiah 1:6, NIV
We don’t have to be excellent in public speaking or in giving Bible studies before we could work in God’s field. His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). He promised to be with us, to rescue us and to put His words in our mouth (Jer. 1:7-9). We are to depend wholly on Him and on the Holy Spirit to teach us what to say or do at the right time and place (Luke 12:12). We are not to trust our own competence, lest the power of the message will be in vain.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for the promise that You will be with us to help and teach us what to say or do at the right time and place whenever we share Your message of salvation. Help us to trust in You and not on human abilities. Put Your words on our mouth that we may speak words of love and grace, in season or out of season. Amen.