Today’s Scripture: And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:1-2

Several years ago, the Quentin Road Baptist Church hosted an international convention. One of the speakers went up to the platform and spoke with eloquence and brilliance. Most of the people didn’t understand what he said. He might not have even understood what he said. It appeared that his purpose was not to minister to the people, but to show them how intellectually polished he was.

What is your purpose in ministry? What motivates your message? Is it a desire to show people how smart you are, or is it a sincere yearning to share with people the greatest news the world has ever known—the grace of God?

Many Bible teachers become great offenders even when they believe good doctrine because they don’t explain it clearly so everyone can understand it. When we are teaching the Word of God, and especially when we are sharing the gospel, we have an obligation to make it clear and understandable.

The Apostle Paul was a brilliant man of intellect, yet he shared God’s Word in a clear, straightforward, Christ-centered manner. He wanted people to see less of him and more of Christ in his message, and this is what made him successful.

Do you desire to really reach the hearts of those with whom you communicate the truths of Scripture? Simply “tell it like it is,” and it will not return void.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder