For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
I love that Paul knew and understood that it was never going to be about him and his might and abilities. He said, 'For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.' His one purpose was to declare Jesus! He had put that purpose first and foremost in everything that he said and did. He himself shared that he knew he wasn't there because of his great oratory skills. He said that he didn't come because of his 'excellent speech' or his own great 'wisdom' but that he was there for one purpose and one purpose alone; to share Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Paul knew that everything he said and did was due to the power of God at work in and through him. He knew that 'his speech and his preaching weren't his persuasive words of wisdom, but in reality they were the demonstration of the Spirit and of the power God at work.' He knew that everything he did was motivated by the purpose in his heart; to share Jesus. He had determined that one thing!
He confessed that he was there 'with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.' Despite his weakness, his fear, his trembling ...He declared anyway! He put his one purpose ahead of his own weakness, fear, and trembling! He didn't allow his own personal feelings and or his reputation to take center stage! He didn't claim any of the glory for his success for himself, or allow his own self-image issues to take that center stage position in the grand scheme of things either. Paul didn't allow anything to stop him from accomplishing the one thing that was in his heart to accomplish.
His one purpose was to declare Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Why? He told us the answer. It is so that 'your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.'
His one purpose was to declare Jesus Christ and Him crucified so that you and I could have the opportunity to declare for ourselves that we too could have the chance to give Him center stage and to proclaim for our selves: