I was reading this passage today and thought I might share it with you all because it should make us all examine ourselves…
“Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who 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 4:1-6
Verse 1 talks about how we, as Christians, should not lose heart in “this ministry”. When I read this, I had to ask myself- “Am I staying focused and living boldy so that the gospel is not veiled to others?”. I think that we should all ask ourselves that. Our whole purpose on this earth is to point people to Jesus…
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
Starting in verse 3, it tells us that if “our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing”… I think that one of the major reasons we, as Christians, let our gospel hide behind the veil is because we lose focus of our mission here on earth.
Questions to think about:
Is the gospel “veiled” in your life?
Are you staying focused on the mission?