Monday: 31st August, 2020
Reference: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
1 corinthians 2:3-4 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.
When we think about Saint Paul, we are immediately reminded of staunch and eloquent Apostle. A quick recap of his credentials show him as a well-learned individual who studied under the feet of the very best, a person firm in his beliefs and bold in his profession of the same. Therefore, if there was ever an Apostle we would expect to have a trouble with words, Paul certainly did not fit the profile.
However today, he appears to reveal another dimension of his life to the church in Corinth where he describes himself as weak and trembling, with words not able to win any listeners. Yet, in the course of his life, we know that he won territories and nations for God.
When we look back somewhat at his life, Paul was the same individual who was an ardent persecutor of the church and he was bold in carrying out this task. However, after his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, he begun to carry another message that challenged the very ethos of what he initially stood for. He transitioned from an enemy to an ally. That was the source of his fear and trembling.
For now he carried an unfamiliar message and was heading into uncharted waters and unreached terrains. He certainly had his worries: would the message be received? How shall I speak it? Will I have any help? In fact, the church in its early stages still viewed him as “its persecutor” and did not really welcome him with open arms.
But now, Paul is a name every Christian knows, at least in the form “a letter of Paul to..”. What he was worried about: whether his words would reach far and have any impact has been achieved. He started from a place of weakness, but because he was determined to know nothing other that “JESUS”, his life has became for us an example of what God can do in any individual if they make themselves available for use.