Mic 6.8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
I want to share with you precious saints an observation that I have made as a pastor over the last 30 years. Many of God’s children are intimidated or impressed by those in the body of Christ who are smarter, brilliant or eloquent. Beloved, the teaching and truth of Christ are not measured by the eloquence of our tongue, but by a heart submission to the truth. We are living in an age where oratory eloquence and mental brilliance are borderline idolatry within the body of Christ. God indeed has blessed some saints over the ages with a sharpness of mind and ability to communicate with the grace and power of heaven itself.
But I want you to know, dearly beloved, that God is not the least impressed with brilliance or eloquence alone. What grips God’s heart is a life of humble surrender and obedience to His truth. To obey, is better than brilliance. I would rather know the love of Christ and walk in it, than seek to “mesmerize” you or a congregation with knowing how to define it. It grieves The Spirit of Christ when verbal eloquence in presenting the gospel is thought of as being superior to what Paul called, the simplicity and foolishness of the preaching of the gospel of Christ. Paul dealt with that danger when he gave this warning regarding the doctrine of the Gnostics. (who were the self proclaimed intellectual elite of the day). These very brilliant people were intimidating and confusing the saints in Colosse with their twisted and convoluted interpretations of the truth. It was a subtle mixture of bible truth with a philosophical and intellectual spin put to it. To this Paul wrote, Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. We often speak of the fact that in Christ, there is no racial or economic caste system. We need to also remember that in Christ there is no intellectual caste system. God does not look at those who are heady and high-minded very kindly, beloved. The gospel of Jesus Christ puts us all on the same level. Surely men of low degree [are] vanity, [and] men of high degree [are] a lie: to be laid in the balance, they [are] altogether [lighter] than vanity.
Here is the bottom line, beloved. Read our meditation verse. Ask God for the power and grace of His Spirit to walk in the light of that passage. By God’s grace, you can do that without understanding all of the nuances of Greek and Hebrew. At the end of the day, Who gets the attention of God? For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him. But to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. Well done, not well said are the words we want to hear on that day. Don’t be intimidated by those who are smarter than you or more eloquent. Thank God for them and heed whatever truth they speak into your life. But know this dear ones, it is what you do in the Name of Christ and for His glory that is far more important to God than simply knowing how to define it. That’s called good fruit.