Wednesday, April 4

Jesus matters most

Scripture: Judges 19-21, 2 Corinthians 4

2 Corinthians 4:5 For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.

2 Corinthians 4:7 Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.

Observation

The sordid story in Judges, wrong for so many reasons, shows what happens when there is a leadership vacuum.  Leaders matter.  I think this is the primary message of Judges.  When the nation had good leaders, she thrived; when she didn’t, she suffered.  Leaders matter.

Leaders matter, but Paul was clear about who mattered most: Jesus.  Jesus is Lord.  Paul was His servant, and the servant of others for Jesus’ sake.   The real treasure was Jesus, His presence and power, His gospel.  Paul was a clay pot, a container for the treasure.  Clearly, the power was all God’s, not Paul’s, and Paul describes this power as “extraordinary”—God’s power is extraordinary!  Paul writes this letter to defend his authority as an apostle, but also to make clear that it’s not about him (or any other human leader) but about Jesus.

Application

This is so important for me to remember!  It’s not about me; it’s about Jesus.  I need to keep that focus—I lose it easily because of my innate selfishness.  And I need to rely completely on His extraordinary power, not my own ability.  I was praying yesterday and realized how small my prayers were.  I began to pray about my big dreams, about things that were far beyond my power to accomplish.  Those big prayers create a healthy sense of desperation and dependence.

Jesus is Lord.  Those three words are huge, profound and they change everything.  It’s about Jesus.  He is the treasure.  And He has the extraordinary power.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, it’s always about You.  Never let me forget that, and fill me with Your extraordinary power for Your sake!