The Sin of Self-Help | Thoughts on 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 / by Rachel Nordgren

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 And I, when I came to you, brothers and sisters, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Oh hello, friend! I'm glad you're spending a few moments with me today. This is the last installment of  #SheSharesTruth Lent study from She Reads Truth, and it is so sweet. Hard and convicting, but sweet. Are you ready?

My new friend Jordyn from She Who Fears wrote the loveliest of articles..."If the gospel of Christ and him crucified isn't preached, what is being preached? ...When there is no gospel, there is not transformation. When there is no transformation, there is no salvation."  I'm spring-boarding off of her thoughts today, because I completely agree!

When Paul was writing to the Corinthians, he wanted to make sure they knew how woefully inadequate he saw himself. He wanted to make the point that he was not lofty or wise, but weak and fearful. This is the man who wrote nearly half of the New Testament, ya'll.

If anyone had the right to boast about their wisdom and ability, it would be Paul. And yet, in humility, Paul points to no one but Christ. If anyone had the right to say, "HEY! Listen to me! I know it all!", it would be Paul. And yet, in humility, Paul urges his readers to rest their faith in in the power of God. If anyone had the right to "know it all", it would be Paul. And yet, in humility, Paul vows to know nothing but Christ and Him crucified.

Jordyn pointed out that so many people today are depending on the wisdom of men, not the wisdom of God. So many American churches cater to the "Self-Help" trend, using God as a means to an end...a way to "better yourself". So many sermons in so many churches follow the "how to" trend, giving tips and tricks to make your life better/happier/easier/wealthier.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

The "Self Help" trend is unarguably attractive to us. It echoes the American dream, promising that we can "pull ourselves up by our bootstraps" and make our own lives better...by ourselves. We can be self-made, self-reliant, self-dependent.

But the truth is, we can't. This is the crux of the Gospel. We cannot save ourselves. The sermons that promote self-help are missing this...there is no salvation in self-help. (Isaiah 64:6) This is the whole point of the Cross. We cannot save ourselves.

When we depend on ourselves, we cheapen the Gospel. When we depend on ourselves, we proclaim that we do not need Christ. When we depend on ourselves, we say that the wisdom of men is better than the wisdom of God.

Let it not be so, sisters! Let's commit to knowing nothing but Christ and Him crucified. Let's rest our faith not in men, women, books, blogs, or sermons, but in the infallible power of God. Let's admit our need for Him, and be forever thankful that He has saved us. Let's not commit the sin of self-help, but throw our trust fully on God.

Linking up with #SheSharesTruth

Under Grace, Rachel

Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Bloglovin’