Paul proclaimed Jesus and His message of repentance and grace, but without the confirmation of an entire New Testament that we have today. God worked miracles through Paul to confirm his proclamation as truth. These miracles are just more things pointing to the common theme of this week: it is not at all anything that we can do but its God working through us. God working miracles through Paul opened the door for him to share the Gospel in many instances.
When we actively live as followers of Christ, honoring Him in all that we do, glorifying Him in every step of life, it isn’t because we are the best Christians on the face of the earth. The only reason we can live that way is because its God living through us! If we are living in that way, then we are undoubtedly loving our neighbors as ourselves. Living like this open doors for us to proclaim the Gospel to others, not because people see that we are great, but they will see that Christ is great in us! It is God doing extraordinary things through us!
God’s glory combs in always Christ through us, not us alone. Paul writes in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” As Christians redeemed by the blood of Jesus, we no longer live, but Christ lives in us and works through us. In 1891, a woman by the name of Ada Anne Whiddington wrote it as a hymn like this, “Not I, but Christ be honored, loved, exalted, Not I, but Christ be seen, be known and heard; Not I, but Christ in every look and action, Not I, but Christ in every thought and word. Oh, to be saved from myself, dear Lord, Oh, to be lost in Thee, Oh, that it may be no more I, But Christ that lives in me.” Not I, but Christ.
As the busyness of fall approaches; as life becomes more cluttered with work and school; as we interact with family and friends; as we get overwhelmed by life; let it not be us but Christ that works in us. Let us be boldly proclaiming the Gospel, fully relying on the Holy Spirit, and standing on the truth that it is not at all us, but Christ who lives in us!
Matt Hatton | Director of Youth Community
Discussion Question – How do we see self-promotion even in the good things we do? How do we glorify Christ and not our own ego in doing good?