Daily Devotional – Convincers or Proclaimers?

1 Corinthians 1:21

21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

Almost everyday I look at the WordPress.com articles tagged with the Christianity tag. It is a great way to find other blogs written about the faith. What is interesting is that many times atheist bloggers will tag their blog with the Christianity tag which makes these blogs show up in the search result also. I find myself fascinated reading these and realizing how dependent the atheist writers are on their own wisdom. Almost every article is predicated in the idea that Christianity is illogical or inconsistent or that faith is stupid and simpleminded. I am assuming that maybe the intellectuals in Paul’s day had the same the same issues with Christianity. Reading today’s verse we see how the scripture addresses this very question of man’s ability to intellectually grasp God. Notice the verse plainly says that the “the world did not know God through wisdom”. It goes on to say that most folks analyzing the faith using human logic will find it foolish. I honestly think it is a failure on the part of the Christian when he transitions from proclaiming to convincing. The scripture is clear; no intellectual argument is going convert the unsaved, it is only the power of the Spirit through the proclamation of the Gospel that saves souls. I am challenged somewhat to spend a little less time brushing up on my apologetics and little more time investing in people who desperately need to hear the Gospel proclaimed.

Father, thank you for your love and your reconciliation. Thank you for the Kingdom. Help us be proclaimers and not convincers. Remind us that your ways are not man’s ways and for us to assume that in our wisdom we can understand you is folly. Guide us by your Spirit and give us boldness to proclaim the Gospel wherever we may be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Devotional – Convincers or Proclaimers?

  1. What a great observation. I, too often, find myself caught up in the convincing game. It’s probably very obvious in most of my posts. Paul proclaimed, “It is the gospel that has the power to save,” not the intellect of men. Thanks for a great reminder.

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