“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.” 1 Corinthians 2:1
Where does the power of the gospel come from? The basic story of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection is not nearly as complex as, say, a Christopher Nolan film (like Inception). The gospel is simple—even simple enough to sound foolish. The Savior of the world came to live a perfect life and then bear the punishment for our sins on a cross so that He could defeat death, be raised to life, and offer us forgiveness and eternal life with Him. At the beginning of his letter, Paul is reminding the Corinthians that there was nothing powerful about himself or his speech: All of the power that the Corinthians felt came from the simplicity of this gospel truth. And the simplicity of the gospel is good news for us! It means that we are not responsible for knowing every detail of theology and doctrine in order to share Christ with people. We are simply to share the story of Jesus and how He’s changed our lives. How freeing and empowering! All we need to do now is go and tell.
Father, thank you that your gospel is simple and powerful. Please help me to be bold to share the story of Jesus with people in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.