My late Dad was, I think, one of the smartest guys I have ever known. That is saying something, since I have three academic degrees and studied under intelligent professors and worked with gifted students. Yet, he would sometimes say in the course of a cerebral conversation, “But what do I know? I’m just a dumb farmer.” The self-deprecation came from the fact that he never attended college and did not study formally.
Today’s New Testament lesson shifts the focus away from any earthly wisdom. Whether a person has a formal education and much learning; or, has a well-developed common sense; or, possesses a perceptive social intelligence; the Apostle Paul places the onus for Christianity in none of those attributes of the wisdom of humanity, but, rather, in the power of God.
Although I believe Paul was a very gifted individual with every kind of human wisdom available to him, he himself did not ultimately put his trust in any of it. What was of ultimate importance to Paul was that people would know Jesus Christ and him crucified. Paul did not want people to be persuaded by his eloquence, or lack thereof, nor did he want to develop people who would follow him personally. No, Paul wanted people to rest their faith squarely in Jesus Christ.
It is the Spirit of God which uses us to demonstrate the power of God to a needy world. Therefore, developing our connection with God in the Holy Spirit is of paramount importance. And this is something everyone can do, not just an elite few. This is the beauty of Christianity, that the most common of persons, as well as the most extraordinary of people, can both be equally used by God if they maintain a faith relationship with God. Take time today and every day to foster such a relational experience in Christ.
All-wise God, all power, glory, and honor belong to you. My faith and hope rest securely and confidently in you. Fill me to the full with your Holy Spirit so that the words that come out of my mouth and the actions that I do are a demonstration of God’s power to the glory of Jesus Christ. Amen.