Staying in Our Lane
Author: Audrey Silcox // Wild Flowers // Senior
Scripture: 1 Corinthians
“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.”
1 Corinthians 1:17
As I read 1 Corinthians 1, this verse in particular stood out to me. As we prepare to begin our adventure this year at Wesley and as we plan to grow in our faith and share it with others, this is something important we should remember. We have not been tasked with changing the hearts of others and we should not put that kind of pressure on ourselves. It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers game of church as we try to figure out how we can grow numerically. We’re hoping for (and often expecting) revolutionary changes; however, we must stay grounded in the fact that we do not carry the pressure of transforming lives. We will quickly burn out if we expect that from ourselves, not to mention how prideful it is to think that we alone can change someone’s life, as if the Holy Spirit was irrelevant in the process. We are merely called to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
The best way to effectively take on this mentality is to focus on our baptism and other moments when we distinctly felt the Holy Spirit at work. When we remember that we are filled with God’s love, pouring out that love towards those surrounding us and sharing the gospel in a natural way, becomes significantly easier. The mentality of thinking someone’s soul and their baptism relies solely on whether or not we can connect them into Wesley is preposterous. We can simply share God’s love with them and let God be in charge of performing miracles.
I’m incredibly thankful to have a God that doesn’t expect me to do the transforming of hearts. I’m overjoyed to be given the task of preaching the gospel and I really hope that this can encourage all of us to see the good news and to share it with those surrounding us at UCF.