5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:5,6,7
The apostles ( such as Paul) worked diligently, with sincere and faithful hearts, to proclaim God’s Word and The Gospel to the people. Many of these “workers for Christ” were men of very humble, even poor, means. God did not use men of power and influence ( such as teachers of the law) to do this work – no, it was by design that these much humbler men would be used , so that God’s power would be more deeply glorified. In no way, shape or form was their preaching self-serving ( note verse 5), but rather, they preached because Christ chose them to do so. And it is a service they would never leave !
Let us pray : Dear Lord God, our Father, we are grateful to You these powerful examples of commitment of service to Christ. We ask that these be examples for all of us to follow – as we work here in this world to enlighten others about Your love, caring and compassion, and of Your Risen and Redeeming Son, in whose we earnestly pray. Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie