"For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:2).
November 9, 2011 will be a day that many people will forget. November what? Exactly. However, there is at least one man with great ambition that will continue to relive an "oops" moment in his mind for what at times may seem like an eternity. It was the Republican primary debate in Rochester, Michigan. Texas Governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry began to try to astound his audience with his bold and quick answer of what three government agencies he would seek to eliminate upon being sworn into the chief leadership role of the United States government. He rattled off one, then, two, but by the time he attempted to relay number three, his mind went blank. He tried again. He could not remember. No matter how hard he tried, he received a harsh reminder in humility.
What do we really know? We quote statistics, rattle off information, debate various arguments, but how will that really change you? Not that there is not an element of relative importance, but how will it effect eternity. All that we know in this life and on this earth will pass away. There will be a moment in our existence where we will come face to face with the reality of the futility of all that we thought was so important.
For Paul, it wasn't about how he could "wow" those who were in his "audience" with his words, his speaking skills, or his lack thereof. In fact, he wasn't a good public speaker at all. But, he knew Jesus personally and intimately. He had made it his passion to be intimately familiar and connected with the crucifixion of Jesus. This is what knew. This is what mattered. This is what he preached, and it was this that would change the hearts and the lives of many.
Whatever it is that you know, it's inadequate. Don't allow yourself to get tied up and sucked into to useless arguments and debates where you try to win with your knowledge. The only thing that matters is that you breathe, speak, and live a life that is evidence of being changed by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Is He the main subject of your life? Your daily target is to not be right in the eyes of people, but to live right before God, to live crucified with Christ, that the life you live is His life living through you. This will be the greatest sermon, the most influential argument, and the most relational invitation the world will ever see.