“I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:3-4
Paul was an apostle, but he came as a humble servant; as a servant of Jesus Christ. He did not depend on himself. He became nothing so that Jesus Christ could become everything. He depended on the power of the Holy Spirit. It was not his experience or ability that gave his ministry its power. It was the work of the Spirit of God. His preaching was a demonstration not a performance. The Holy Spirit used Paul’s preaching to change lives. This was all the proof Paul needed that his message was from God.
Our attitude is what influences all our actions. It is only the right attitude, which gets us good results. All the smiles and hand-shakes are not going to get you far, if you do not have the attitude to help others, without any selfish expectations in return. Paul had the right attitude. He knew that Jesus Christ was in control and that he was only a servant of God. Life is so much better when we have the right attitude. In the beginning of the grass cutting season, I had a problem with my mower; the belt would not stay on. I would have to stop several times while cutting and put the belt back on. I could not find the problem. It would upset me that I was having this problem. Then one day I decided that I was not going to get upset about this problem any longer. I was just going to put it on when it came off. My attitude changed and my belt stopped coming off as much. I decided that God was in charge anyway so why get upset. When we face our problems with the attitude that God is in charge and we need to rest in Him, it’s amazing how things seem to change.
“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” (Ephesians 4:21-23)