Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Weakness and Wisdom

"When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior 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 and fear, and with much 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 men’s wisdom but on God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NIV

It is not my skill as a writer nor my knowledge of the Scriptures that I should rely on for teaching, preaching or reaching others. Rather, in the midst of my weaknesses and fear, God’s power is demonstrated. The most important thing for me to know is Jesus Christ and him crucified.

That is, Jesus’ greatest strength was demonstrated in his willingness to be weak, to be put on that cross. He wasn’t about proving his strength, his power, his wisdom. He was about being weak so that I can be strong.

“Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Jesus Christ and his relinquishment of all power. Jesus Christ and his being vulnerable. Jesus Christ and him being totally human. Jesus Christ and him giving up all his rights. Jesus Christ and his willing subjection to torture and pain. Jesus Christ and his willingness to be misunderstood.

Paul didn’t go to the Corinthians with wisdom and eloquence. Instead he went to them with all that Jesus was on the cross—weak, humble, nothing. Why? So that God and his power could be seen. That is the point of my book. It is only as I admit and show my weakness that God’s power in me can be seen.

Jesus, please keep me in the place where my greatest strength is the weakness you demonstrated by going to the cross. Keep me weak so that only God’s power, glory and love can be seen when others look at me.

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