1 Corinthians 2:1-2 – “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
Do you want others to see you as wise? Do you crave the esteem of those you meet, hoping they will like and respect you as someone worth knowing? Have you ever wished you were more skilled at communication—that your excellent speaking (or other) abilities would draw others to you? Are there any who seek out your opinion and advice in tough situations? How does it make you feel when someone obviously places high value on the wisdom you have given them? How do you react when someone ignores your advice, and goes their own way to certain catastrophe? What is the danger in allowing others to think you are wise—that you know something they don’t? Why did Paul want to avoid the reverence of the Corinthians, knowing he was sent to them by Christ Himself? What good was all his knowledge of the Scriptures, if he was only permitted to speak of Christ’s crucifixion?