“And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1
As people read the books of Paul, they often think of how great of a speaker and writer he was. He does speak some very profound words and look at the fact that God used it as part of His Word, and it has survived nearly 2,000 years. Also looking at his schooling, being a very devout Pharisee who knew the scriptures and the Law of God, makes him look like a great eloquent speaker. Yet, he was not. His words were still simple. He did not use a high level of Greek in his writings.
Believers often feel that they cannot be God’s witness unless they use some big fancy words or have studied the Bible with a bible college degree. They look at their pastor, who often has a college degree, and feel they cannot speak clear enough to be a witness. They look for cliché or catchy phrases to use to be the witness.
Many of the words that Christians use in church are words that people in the world are not familiar with. It needs to be simplified for them to understand.
The simplest testimony about God is what did God do for you. This is what you know and understand and can put in your own words. Do not try to tell someone else’s testimony, it won’t work. Tell your story your own way.
Using cliché phrases is a method of the world. It is using human wisdom to try and get someone to believe in Jesus. God’s word is much more powerful. You do not need a college degree to read the Bible or understand it. Eloquence and human wisdom only cloud the testimony. Simplicity makes it real to others.
Tell about the parts you know and understand. Tell about what Jesus has done for you. Tell how He died on the cross for your sins and rose again to forgive and save you.
Do not be afraid to tell someone about Jesus today. You have God’s Holy Spirit in you to guide you and give you the words. Don’t wait for the schooling.
I pray today that you will be bold in telling your testimony; that you will speak in your own words what God has done for you; that you will not use human wisdom to reach the lost; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.