“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” 1Cor 2:4-5
It’s so easy to try and do everything yourself. Many of us are very good at lots of things – God has given you gifts that you use everyday. The problem is that sometimes we think that the benefits we see from exercising our gifts is because we are so good.
I am sure that Paul was a great orator, he was a student of the scriptures, a Jew among Jews. He had debated with the greatest minds on Mars Hill in Athens and he reasoned with kings and rulers; yet when he came to Corinth he did not rely on his own skills but on the power of God.
You see, when things happen as a consequence of us doing something well there is a tendency for ourselves and others to attribute the outcome to our hard work. Paul recognised that the gospel was not about him – it is all about God’s power. Human ability and wisdom are no place upon which to rest your faith – no matter how gifted that person might be.
Paul made space for God’s power to work in the lives of the Corinthian Church. In a sense, he ‘got out of the way’ so that all the focus was on Jesus.
Today, make space for the power of God to work in your life – it will exceed anything you could ever achieve on your own!