For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.
– 2 Corinthians 4:5
In this portion of the apostle Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth, Greece, he makes clear his relationship with them. He is not their master – he is their servant. Jesus alone is the Master.
When Paul says this, he’s not just speaking for himself – he’s speaking for all the apostles. They laid down their lives to make the Lord Jesus known to others. They did not seek followers for themselves; they sought followers for the Lord. They did not seek honor for themselves; they sought honor for the Lord. They did not seek privilege for themselves; they sought privilege for the Lord.
The New Testament is full of examples of selflessness like what’s being shown here by Paul. It’s the kind of selflessness Jesus Himself demonstrated and taught. One of the most amazing dynamics to see in the New Testament is to see how much Jesus’ closest disciples became like Him. He gave up His life in service to others; and His closest disciples ended up doing the same.
There is room for only one Lord in this earth – but there is room for many, many servants.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, I am content for you to be Lord of all today, and for me to be a servant of others. So shine through my life that people will see You as Lord, and follow You as I seek to do. As I think about the day before me, show me how I can treat you as Lord in every situation…(being quiet before Him)… Amen.