Read 1 Corinthians 1

“For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” 1 Cor. 1:17

Paul is very clear in this passage about the wisdom and power of God compared to the wisdom and power of humans. I especially love how he references this in verse 17. He begins by explaining his calling to evangelize. Paul does not mean to take away from the significance of baptism, but to emphasize the message of salvation that he was called to give. He goes on to mention that he does not give this message with perfect wording and delivery.  I believe Paul says this to point out that the power of the gospel is in the cross and the story of it. The power is not in us choosing flowery words or profound language.


Personally, I find this to be so freeing. It isn’t up to me to share the gospel in the perfect way or with the perfect words. In the end, the words I choose matter so much less than whether or not I tell the truth of the gospel. We have the freedom to let the gospel speak for itself. When we try to dress it up we actually take away from the power of the cross.


I pray friends that we confidently let the gospel speak for itself when we share it.
-Jake Ikerd