From the Well - 2/2/2017

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4 My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. 6 Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. 7 But we speak God's wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him"- 10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God's except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-12)

Paul brought the message of God's wisdom to the city of Corinth where great orators, philosophers, and spokesperson from various pagan temples competed for the hearts and minds of the population. The Corinthians put a premium on eloquent speech and persuasive rhetoric. Paul came to the city saying that he was not there to use lofty words or wisdom but to share the power of Christ crucified, not something human wisdom would choose as a means to glory but, for us who have faith, it was a demonstration of the extremes God was willing to go to in order to share the gift of His grace and love. Such a gift seems too good to be true and so we constantly seek other means of wisdom. 

Take for instance the great Mahatma Gandhi who was certainly one of the wisest men of the 20th century. Long-time missionary to India, E. Stanley Jones, told a story of one of his visits to Gandhi's ashram. While there, a man came to Gandhi and asked how he might find God. After receiving Gandhi's answer, he came to Jones and asked the same question. Before replying, Jones asked the man about Gandhi's answer. The man replied quoting Gandhi: "To find God you must have as much patience as a man who sits by the seashore and with a straw takes up a drop of water on the end of the straw, transfers it, and thus empties the ocean." Gandhi saw the way to God as a matter of patience and diligent self-purification.

Jones then gave his answer to the man: "I came to Jesus bankrupt, with nothing to offer except my bankruptcy. To my astonishment, God accepted me and sent my soul singing its way down through the years." 

I would suggest that such acceptance is made possible by the cross, the wisdom beyond any human wisdom. Think about it.

Pastor Matthew