Today, I’m participating in the She Reads Truth devotional-writing project. You can read more about the project and check out other SRT readers’ devotionals here.
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (NKJV)
This is the part where I want to ask the apostle Paul if he somehow knew about future Christian bloggers.
It’s also the part where I tell you how skeptical and dismissive I was of Christian blogging when I first discovered it.
I know, I know. If I felt that way, why did I keep reading Christian blogs, and why in the world did I start a blog where I often write about my faith?
The main reason I dismissed Christian blogging at first was that I believed it wasn’t enough. I couldn’t understand why these bloggers—why these normal, everyday people—thought they were in a place to write about something as important as faith.
Didn’t they know that they weren’t experts? Didn’t they realize there were people out there who went to seminary, who knew Hebrew and Greek, who had PhDs in the New Testament?
Just who did these bloggers think they were?
As painful as it is to admit, part of me believed that Christian blogging was bad, almost sacrilegious. I couldn’t understand how it aligned with the meekness and humility that is so important to faith.
But now I realize that Christian blogging is completely in line with 1 Corinthians 2:1.
The She Reads Truth community introduced me to some wonderful Christian bloggers, women who didn’t come across as judgmental or self-proclaimed experts, who didn’t use their blogs as platforms for self-righteousness. I found women who were genuinely with me “in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling,” who weren’t caught up in “excellence of speech or of wisdom” but simply shared their hearts.
I finally realized that I was the problem. I was approaching Christian blogs with the wrong expectation. These bloggers weren’t claiming to be experts; they were sharing “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” They didn’t intend for me to have faith in them; they were hoping to develop their own faith and create places for others to share in that faith development, too.
I shouldn’t have jumped to such conclusions. I should’ve considered Paul’s reminder: “that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
There is a time for carefully researched sermons from well-educated, published theologians. There is also a time for heartfelt posts from inspiring, unsophisticated bloggers. Both of these are wonderful and helpful, but neither replaces the power of God.
The apostle Paul is humble in this passage, and his humility is a reminder to us all. We are the messengers, not the message. We are the demonstrators of the power, not the power itself. We bring people together, not for ourselves but for the One who cares more about us than we can possibly understand.
And that’s a pretty wonderful calling, isn’t it?