Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
—2 Corinthians 4:1-6
by: Gabrielle Osborn.
As Christians, we are all called to ministry and to shine as a light in a world of darkness—a big responsibility! However, it is encouraging to know that success does not depend on our own strengths. Similar to how none of us can earn our own salvation, none of us are qualified for His ministry. But He calls us into it through His grace and mercy. The Corinthians expected Paul to be a successful, qualified leader, so Paul’s weak and unimpressive nature was a major turn-off to them. But Paul was reflecting Christ in his humility, weakness, and poverty. The Truth and Gospel are not necessarily revealed through flashy, impressive preachers. It can be revealed to unbelievers through simple, unqualified, weak, ordinary people like ourselves!