1 Corinthians 2:4,5
And my speech and my message were not in 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.
Have you ever wondered who to listen to for the best? There are so many opinions about everything that sometimes it’s hard to know who’s right. In the current pandemic we can see lots of differing opinions, locally, nationally and globally. Back in March most of us were watching the news on tenterhooks waiting to see what Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance were going to tell us because they were the experts and it was their wisdom that was guiding the government decisions for our lives.
In Corinth there was division in the church because they couldn’t agree on who to follow…..Paul, Apollos, Cephas, Christ. Paul’s response to this quarrelling was striking. Chapter 1 v 13 says, “Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptised in the name of Paul?” He was telling them, quite strongly, to stop following men and follow Christ.
One of my favourite movie quotes is:
People want leadership. And in the absence of genuine leadership, they will listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone… They’re so thirsty for it, they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.
And then the response: People don’t drink the sand because they’re thirsty, they drink the sand because they don’t know the difference.
Isn’t that still true in society today. People crave leadership, they want direction and fulfilment, someone or something to follow. Let us show them Christ, within whom is ‘the power of God and the wisdom of God’ (v24). He is the only one who can fulfil their need, the only one who can quenched their thirst, the only one who can give them life.