II Corinthians 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
Sometimes you just might feel like you are not the best looking guy to be in the ministry or the pulpit. You wonder what people think. You are too short, too tall, too thin, too fat, too old or too young. Even the apostle Paul dealt with this. They say said that his bodily presence was weak. That means he wasn’t good looking.
Some of his day said the following:
he is “short, bald, bow-legged, with meeting eye-brows, hooked nose, full of grace.” He was in person “round-shouldered, with a sprinkling of grey in his head and beard, with an acquiline nose, greyish eyes, meeting eye-brows, with a mixture of pale and red in his complexion and an ample beard. With a genial expression of countenance, he was sensible, easily accessible, sweet and inspired with the Holy Spirit.”
L. Berkhof, Paul the Missionary (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans-Sevensma Co., 1915), 44.
He could write good strong letters, but when he spoke in person, it indeed wasn’t the best. His speech was considered contemptible.
People didn’t believe and follow Paul because of his appearance or his ability to preach. It was the power of God. That gives all of us hope. We can be used of God to make a difference.
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