2 Corinthians 4:1-6
4 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 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.
At the same time that Paul was seeking to teach and encourage the Corinthian church there were others speaking into their world. It appears that some of these other ‘teachers’ were preaching a message that Paul described as ‘secret and shameful’ – one that sought to deceive in order to get popularity; a following, and financial gain. They spoke what people wanted to hear, they avoided the hard teachings in order to be liked.
This was so far from what Paul was about. He refused to change the message for anyone even if it meant he lost popularity or finances. He knew that the message he had been given was straight from the mouth of God, that it was a privilege to be a minister of it; he would not and did not distort the word of God.
I’m challenged on two levels. One, how open am I to being challenged and convicted, as well as encouraged when I hear teaching from the word of God, and secondly, in what ways am I watering down the gospel message with those I meet in order to be liked, and still included. The gospel of Jesus is life to all who accept him. It is a beautiful message of salvation and love, but there is also a call to repentance and life change. It’s only through Jesus that we can live in heaven eternally. There is no other way, no other God, he will not be light handed on sin. Am I sharing the whole gospel?
Help me Lord to be led by your Spirit and to be strong and courageous as you lead me in all I do and say. Amen
Written by Rosie Walker