Therefore, since we have this ministry because we were shown mercy, we do not give up. Instead, we have renounced shameful secret things, not walking in deceit or distorting God’s message, but commending ourselves to every person’s conscience in God’s sight by an open display of the truth. But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves because of Jesus. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
—2 Corinthians 4:1–6, HCSB
As Paul wrote in this passage, it is so easy to distort God’s message or get wrapped up in proclaiming our own message. It is so easy to give up as we minister to real, struggling, changing people.
Your life is filled with little decisions every day. Like what you talk about. Like how you treat the people God has placed in your life. It is my goal that this blog encourages you to change in those little decisions. But I also want to challenge you intellectually, and provide thought-provoking material that will strengthen your faith.
As our thoughts and actions change, we will be more useful for the kingdom, more dependent on Christ in prayer, more fully armed for the battle against evil. Our hearts must desire to lead spiritually in a Christian world full of apathy and worldliness. Let our hearts be torn from the world’s practices, but torn for the world’s people—the neglected, abused, and addicted. May our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified through us!