1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
The gospel, the good news, that God sent his own Son to die in our place is foolish sounding to people who don’t know God. But to those of us being saved, we who have accepted Christ and embraced salvation in his cross, this is the very best showing of the power of God.
We have to understand that we aren’t meant to win people to Christ with amazing arguments and clever presentation. God provided the message of the cross to eliminate the potential for men to claim glory for it.
We preach something that sounds ridiculous – our God died! – as the way to salvation and eternal life. But that foolish-sounding message is the power of God alone and leaves us with nothing to brag on.
1 Corinthians 1:31 NIV
Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”
LORD, help me to release my ego and talent and self-importance. Let me preach your pure gospel in all of its foolishness so that your perfect plan shows through, and not my cleverness. All honor and glory to you. In the name of Jesus, amen.