1 Corinthians 2:3-5
“And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
When I was in college, I was required to take a speech class during my freshman year. The only thing that could have been worse for me at that time was to let a Tarantula crawl on my skin! Yikes! Dropping that class was certainly in the forefront of my mind. However, to eventually graduate, I knew it had to be done. I will never forget the first time I gave a speech in that class. Minutes before it was my turn, my friend looked over at me to see if I was ready. He busted out into laughter as he noticed I had already sweated through a good portion of my shirt under my arms. There was no hiding my fear and trembling!
As much as I hated it at the time, God used that class to help me overcome my fear of public speaking. So now, when I have the opportunity to teach or preach in front of people, can I do it with absolutely no fear, trembling, or anxiety? No. Not even close. However, there is a unique difference between the anxiety I faced in college and the anxiety I have today. I am comfortable speaking in public and being in front of people. It is the weight of the message, the importance of the Scripture, and the seriousness of the mission that makes me tremble. I pray I do not take it too lightly.
Paul had completely surrendered his life to the preaching of the Gospel. He had planned to give it his all until the day he died. Because of his passion and love for what Jesus had done in his life, he knew the message he preached was incredibly serious. That is why he brought the message, as he says, “in weakness and fear and much trembling.” Paul knew the transforming power that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings.
It does not matter if you preach the word every day, teach it every week, or simply read and study it on your own. We cannot rely on our own knowledge (lesson 1), and we must understand the weight and the extreme importance of the Scripture.
As believers, we must not rely on the worthless wisdom of man, but rather allow the Spirit to demonstrate God’s power. That is our goal!