When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the One who was crucified. I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Paul could have overwhelmed his listeners with intellectual arguments. Instead, he shared the simple message of Jesus Christ by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide his words. In sharing the message of recovery with others, we should follow Paul’s example and keep our message simple and basic. The Holy Spirit will give power to our words and use them to bring glory to Jesus.
Whilst I accept I am responsible for sharing the love of God and what He has done in and through my life I also accept I am not responsible for who responds to my words of how they respond. That is between them and the Holy Spirit. Too often I have seen people burn out in recovery because they get it into their heads “I am responsible for rescuing others.”
I love this passage of scripture where Paul demonstrates plain understanding we are called to share our personal experience, strength and hope with others, rely on the Holy Spirit and God’s power to prompt others to change their lives and guide them in the process of doing so.