Once, a person who I love dearly told me that they trusted the teachings of another person because they (the person I love dearly) weren't as knowledgeable in the Word. I told the person, at the time, that they didn't HAVE to be more studied then this person they were listening to. At the time I used 1 Corinthians 1:27-29, which states:
"But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God."
God chooses the underdog! Thank you, Jesus! Because in the grand scheme of things, I am nobody. I stay-at-home with my kids, I try to make life better for my family, and try to treat my husband the way he should be treated. In Hollywood standard, I am a hillbilly, I am middle America, I am blue collar... nobody.
BUT!!! TO GOD, I am someone! I am beautiful, I am a part of His Kingdom, I am raising up children to spread the gospel to even more people in this world, I am weak- but HE is my strength, I am poor- but HE is my treasure, I am nothing- but to HIM I am EVERYTHING! I myself am empty, but in Christ, I am FULL of the HOLY SPIRIT! God uses people like me and like you, to bring down the elect! We don't need all of that book knowledge, we need the only thing that can bring true knowledge- GOD! His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9)!
Then last night at our Bible study, these verses stuck out to me:
2 Corinthians 3:5-6 "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
God is our sufficiency! He has made us MINISTERS of the new covenant!!!! We are ministers??? WOW! God wants us to go and preach the new covenant! Not because WE are sufficient, but because HE IS! So what is the new covenant? Let's start with the old covenant. The old covenant is the covenant made with Moses on Mt Sinai, which is the 10 Commandments. The NEW covenant is God living in us, the Holy Spirit, so that we can go directly to God. We no longer need a mediator ( like when they used to have to go to the High Priest, and then the High Priest would go to God for them, often offering a sacrifice for the sin). The New Covenant was sealed with the blood of Jesus, who was the spotless lamb, offered as a sacrifice for our sins.
So if we are the ministers of the new covenant, what does that mean? A minister is "one who serves". So, we are doing some footwork for the Holy Spirit! Everyone already has the Holy Spirit, but we need to tell the Good News of Jesus and what He did for us, and then help people realize that they too can have a relationship with God. Going to Him daily, walking with Him, talking with Him.
Isn't that awesome news? The dear person I told you about in the beginning may not be knowledgeable according to some people's standards, but according to God, there is no better person to talk to then this dear person! Not that knowledge of the Bible is bad, because it is not bad! We should be reading daily, and absorbing daily! BUT, God wants us to be meek, pure in heart, peacemakers, merciful, poor, slow to speak, loving... because in our shortcomings... THAT is when the Lord gets to SHINE!
Let HIM be seen, and not us.