The Eloquent Speaker And The Stumbler
Posted: Tuesday, October 8
Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. (Colossians 4:4)
When was the last time you tried to communicate a thought or instruction to someone and it just wasn’t clicking with them? Having young kids, this is happens multiple times a day. There’s something my kids are trying to tell me but I either can’t understand the words they are using or I’m just not on the same thought track as them. I feel like Indiana Jones deciphering ancient hieroglyphics to figure out what they’re trying to say.
When looking over the text in today’s reading, I was struck that Paul, author of most of the New Testament, the man who lays out and communicates Christianity’s most complex ideas, asks for pray to communicate clearly. There’s some who have the gift of being so eloquent and smooth with their words, and there’s others who stumble and stagger and can never quite get out what they’re trying to say. I don’t picture Paul, based on his numerous profound writings, being someone who can’t think of what to say.
I think what Paul is humbly asking for is the Spirit of God to fill him with the right words. Maybe you’re someone who does a lot of public speaking, leads meetings, and networks with ease. Maybe you’re someone who is terrified of having to talk to people you don’t know. Whichever side you fall on, asking God to help us proclaim the good news about His love as clearly as we can is a prayer we can all pray. God loves people and uses us to reach share His love. Will you ask God, just as Paul did, for help to reach those around you today?