An eloquent preacher is one who is persuasive in his speech. Weak believers are easily captivated by the eloquence of preachers. There are examples of believers who spoke well but fell away. It’s critical we do not love the person more than the word of God. Many hearers have fallen away in the process too.
Apollos was an eloquent and cultured man. A talented and blessed young man who could have chosen to do whatever he wanted with his life. Yet, he chose to preach the gospel – he did not know the full gospel. Whatever he knew he preached fearlessly.
And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. (Acts 18:24,25)
What can we learn from Apollos? Though eloquent in speech, he was ready to be corrected in his journey as a preacher of the Word. Aquila and Priscilla, having noticed he lacked the whole truth, taught Apollos the right way. He humbled himself and learnt the full gospel under their tutelage.
Who qualifies to be God’s Eloquent Preacher?
God chose Moses to be His preacher, to lead Israel. What was Moses’ state? By Moses own admission and our current earthly standards, he was unfit to lead.
Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I am not a man of words (eloquent, fluent), neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am [a]slow of speech and tongue.” (Exodus 4:10)
Not in God’s eyes. God chose humble Moses.
God chose Apostle Peter, an unlearned and ignorant man who spoke by the power of the Holy Spirit, lives were transformed.
How passionate are we about glorifying God in all we do?
Is God looking for eloquence of speech in us? No.
He is looking for those who are unashamed of the gospel of Christ.
Be filled with the Holy Spirit. Let God plough into the hearts of those who seek the truth and transform them for His glory.
Each day is a gift to cultivate our hearts and minds in Christ through prayer and bible meditation.
Pray for revival, a deeper rooting and grounding of the word in every believer. Maranatha, praise God and Amen!