2 Corinthians 4:5-15 (The Message)
5-6 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re
proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers,
errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light
up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we
saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness.
We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots
of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing
God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s
not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re
not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by
troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure
what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been
spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve
been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to
Jesus, they do to us -- trial and torture, mockery and murder; what
Jesus did among them, he does in us -- he lives! Our lives are at
constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life
all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the
worst, you’re getting in on the best!
13-15 We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life.
Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said
it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the
One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise
us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and
to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people,
more and more praise!