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. 1 Corinthians 2:4,5
There are so many opinions about everything that sometimes it’s hard to know who’s right or who the best person is to listen to. Social media is jammed packed with ‘influencers’ on every product and topic you can think of, and they want as many people as possible to hear their words of wisdom and to follow their every blog, vlog, tweet and post.
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 uncompromising, and he asks them: “Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptised in the name of Paul?” (1:3). He was telling them, quite strongly, to stop following men and follow Christ.
Today, just like back then, people crave leadership and direction. They want someone or something to follow, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they will listen to anyone who steps up with the offer of fulfilment. So, as Christians, we need to offer people more than a message of plausible words of wisdom.
We need to demonstrate the power of the gospel – we need to show them Christ, within whom is ‘the power of God and the wisdom of God’ (1:24). He is the only one who can fulfil their need, the only one who can quench their thirst, the only one who can give them life. Real life.