Paul recognizes his place in relation to God as just another in a long line of clay pots to be used by God. His newfound perspective and identity is evidenced by his spiritual character.
Humble…2 Cor 4:7
It is about God and not about Paul.
It is God’s doing and not our striving.
It is His power at work in us and through us.
Humility is not about us being self-effacing but it is about us glorifying God.
BUT CONFIDENT…2 Cor 4:8
Paul is transformed in his thinking that allows him to face adversity and shortcomings.
- • He could face pressure and not be crushed because of Christ.
- • He could be at his wit’s end but he would not lose faith and despair because of Christ.
- • It might look like he was at the brink of defeat but he was not defeated because of Christ.
- • He might be facing hard times but he was not alone because God was with him.
Paul was able to have this outlook because of his encounter with Christ and because of his continual pursuit of encountering God daily.
Our encounters with God should build our faith and confidence. In Christ we are made strong.
SELF-SACRIFICING…2 Cor 4:10-11
He was willing to sacrifice his life for the cause of Christ.
Paul is saying…“suffering is a purposeful sacrifice that results in the power of God being unleashed in our lives.”
That is transformation because that is not a human response.
FRUITFUL…2 Cor 4:12
All this sacrifice and suffering should lead to fruitfulness in our lives. Our encounter with Christ leads to transformation that makes us more like Christ and helps us to fulfill the calling of Christ – to go make disciples.
Any encounter with God should lead us to fruitfulness in our mission of multiplying Christ-followers everywhere.
Is transformation taking place in your life?