2 Corinthians 4:5-6 The Message
5-6 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!
Focus on Jesus
If we are not careful, Christians can get all worked up and stressed out about the very things that were never our assignments in the first place. We were never made or called to receive or take the glory, the praise, or the honor that alone belongs to God. We are His errand runners!
We are messengers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our lives are completely and totally forgiven, yet we are severely flawed. Our walk as a believer is inconsistent at best. We have not arrived; we are a work in progress. His work of sharing this glorious gospel does not need or wait on our perfection. In fact, our weakness should give all hope that He can use anybody, anytime, anyway that He wants.
I meet so many believers who are very hard on themselves, and have these paradigms of perfection that can lead to a sense of overwhelming frustration. I believe these paradigms of perfection are often self imposed along with the ceaseless accusations of the enemy.
Jesus said His yoke is easy and His burden is light; lets remember that first in light of ourselves and then we will not judge and be to harsh with others when we see their flaws.
He alone has the power to shine flawlessly lifted up for all to see!
a work in progress,