I Corinthians 2:1-5
“1 When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4 My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.” NRSV
In an age like our own when words have been stripped of much of their meaning, another way must be found through which we make our witness to God’s love. Paul must have struggled with a similar issue in his day. His work around was the demonstration of the Spirit and power of God. Love, grace, mercy, meeting the needs of the people in the name of Jesus Christ, creating a community where all were welcome, Jew and Gentile, rich and poor, all bound together as the one body of Christ. That was Paul’s witness.
It is my belief that the best witness has always been the demonstration of the Spirit and power of God. Human needs are the same in every generation. Meet the peoples’ needs in Jesus’ name and the Spirit and power of God will build the beloved community we call church.
Today, the focus of the church seems to be on the needs of the church, not the needs of the people the church is called to serve. Is it any wonder, then, that the church’s witness falls on so many deaf ears?
That is why I close every Thought for the Day with the urging that we each…
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