Job 34:1-36:33; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Psalm 44:1-8; Proverbs 22:10-12
“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 4:5-6
Sometimes we think it’s only those with divinity degrees who can effectively proclaim the Good News of Salvation. They’ve learned of the art of sermon writing and oratorial delivery.
In St. Paul’s day, the people in the Corinthian church wanted to be “wowed” with powerful preaching. Great speeches were highly coveted.
St. Paul, however, spoke the Truth, plainly, humbly–knowing the power of the Word came from the Source–God himself –and not from skillful presentation.
Paul needed no preaching props and neither do we when we have opportunity to share God’s Word with others. Honest, transparent sharing of God’s Good News can pierce a darkened heart.
It’s not about us–it’s all about Him! God grant that we be His light-bearers today!
God the Father, light creator,
To You laud and honor be.
To You, Light of Light begotten,
Praise be sung eternally.
Holy Spirit, light revealer,
Glory, glory be to thee.
Mortals, angels, now and ever
Praise the holy Trinity. Amen
(text byMartin Franzmann)
“In God we make our boast all day long,
and we will praise your name forever.” Psalm 44:8