Don’t perform, let God reform
2 Corinthians 2:16-17 (MSG)
This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on? No— but at least we don’t take God’s Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ’s presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. We get what we say straight from God and say it as honestly as we can.
We must speak out what God puts on our hearts, not tailoring our words to suit the people or what we think they want to hear.
It is extremely dangerous when we deviate from the message God gives us to share. Yet it is easy to take it into our own hands and add our own interpretation or leave bits out to suit our audience.
1 Corinthians 1:17 (MSG) God didn’t send me out to collect a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. And he didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center—Christ on the Cross—be trivialized into mere words.
The Gospel message and what Jesus did is so profound, a plan that only a Master could have thought of.
But even if we preach it with all the glamour, glitz and fancy words in our vocabulary, it is still only words we use. The more eloquent your speech is the less power is held in the miracle act itself, cheapening it.
So keep it simple, be yourself, don’t deviate from the truth. Allow the Holy Spirit to do the talking through you.