Understanding adds to clarity
In one of my previous churches, I had two men who worked the sound system during our worship services. Both were very intelligent men who were quite proficient at their task. However, they were complete opposites when it came to explaining how the system worked. One was so detail-oriented that he made the complex more difficult, while the other could explain the complexities of the system in simple terms. Needless to say, if I wanted a person trained to run the soundboard, I would connect them with the one who gave the simplest instructions. The trainees were less apt to become frustrated and quit.
Albert Einstein has been credited with saying, "If you cannot explain something simply, you do not really understand it." These were bold words from the man who came up with the theory of relativity. Still our explanations can reveal how well we understand something. If we do not know what we are talking about, long-winded discourses seldom help.
How well do you understand the Christian faith? Is it reflected in your sharing with others? Do your explanations bring clarity, confusion or error?
Sometimes we wrestle for the right words to explain something complex, but other times our struggle is not with words, but our lack of understanding.
The Apostle Paul gave advice for times like these: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. — 2 Timothy 2:15
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.