Whom do you like to learn from? Despite our differences, most of us would probably agree that we learn best from someone who is humble and approachable, not someone who tries to dazzle us with their own intelligence. We likely don’t learn anything if we are made to feel inferior.
The apostle Paul, had an especially important teaching assignment-helping others learn about salvation through Christ-and he had the formal education and a lofty intellect to back him up.
But instead, he chose to put his own attributes aside and to let God’s Spirit work through him, so that his listeners were drawn to the truth of the message.
What about us? If we have the opportunity to share Christ with others, do we rely on our ability to memorize and spout Bible passages, or do we let the Spirit shine through our words and our actions? Or are we people that others feel comfortable approaching, listening to, and maybe even sharing their own thoughts with?
Only God knows it all. We are blessed that we can share a small part.
Lord, God, let our words be seasoned with kindness, our ears be willing to hear another's experience, and our actions demonstrate your love. Amen. — DLG