For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
II Corinthians 4:5
Paul’s words remind us that the Christian life is not about promoting ourselves or seeking personal glory. Instead, our focus should be on proclaiming and exalting Christ. He is the source of our hope, the object of our faith, and the center of our message.
This verse challenges us to examine our motives. Are we living to advance our own interests or are we seeking to lift up Christ in every aspect of our lives? A Christ-centered life places Him at the forefront, acknowledging His lordship over all.
Our message is not about human wisdom or personal achievements but about the power of the Gospel to change lives. By proclaiming Christ, we offer hope, redemption, and eternal life to those who hear.
Paul described himself as a bondservant, emphasizing his humility and willingness to serve for the sake of Jesus. As followers of Christ, we are called to a similar attitude of servanthood, putting the needs and interests of others before our own.
Whether in our families, churches, workplaces, or communities, we are called to exemplify servant-leadership. This means leading with humility, compassion, and a willingness to put others first.
Serving others for Jesus’ sake may require sacrifice. It may involve giving of our time, resources, or talents to meet the needs of those around us. Through our sacrificial love, we reflect Christ’s love to the world.
A life marked by servant-hearted love and a Christ-centered focus is a powerful witness to the transformative work of the Gospel. It draws others to Christ and demonstrates the beauty of His lordship.
Lord, thank You for the wisdom found in Your Word. Help me to live a Christ-centered life. Teach me the humility and sacrificial love that characterized the ministry of Paul. Help me to serve others selflessly and be impactful witnesses of your transforming grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.