This summer I have had the opportunity to intern at my home church, Crossroad Community Church. I have been able to see some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes on in ministry. I also have had the privilege of leading communion devotionals as well as preaching a message. It is through all this that I have been taken to 2 Corinthians 4. I have meditated upon this passage and, as a result, has had a great impact on me. It is in this letter by Paul we read, “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5). This is such a powerful statement! All too often, I find myself getting proud because I simply have received a compliment from somebody. From that comes the desire for me to proclaim myself. But that leads to a dead end. Where would I be without God’s grace? See, proclaiming myself is not good news to others. Proclaiming myself does not save anyone. Rather, I am to proclaim Christ and Him alone. It is because of Christ we can be forgiven and be saved! It is Christ who is to be preached. We need to show the “knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (4:6). While much more could be said, and much more have I learned, the main lesson I’ve learned is that I’ve been called to preach Christ. I’ve been called to proclaim God’s Word. I’ve been called to teach, love, and live out the gospel. I have been called to be a servant of Christ and for His sake.
For My Good and His Glory,