By Michael Youssef, Ph D. May 20, 2020
Read 1 Corinthians 4:1-13.
If you read the Bible regularly, you’ll begin to notice something about God’s ways: They run counter to the ways of the world. You see, in the Kingdom of God, we conquer by yielding; we find rest under a yoke; we reign by serving; and we are made great by becoming nothing. We become wise by being fools for Jesus’ sake; we are made free by becoming slaves to Christ; and we possess all things by giving up everything. We triumph through defeat; we have victory and glory in our infirmity; and we live by dying. That’s why a true servant of Jesus will always be an enigma and a paradox to this fallen world.
In 1 Corinthians 4, Paul explained this principle, using himself and the other apostles as examples: “This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ . . .” (v. 1). He doesn’t want to be known as a tremendous leader or an expert church planter or a brilliant theologian. He wants the Corinthians to think of him simply as a servant of Jesus Christ. This is true humility: being obedient to our Lord above all else. Humility has everything to do with the submission of one’s thoughts, one’s opinions, one’s ideas, to the Truth of God’s Word. It’s a greatness the world simply cannot understand.
Prayer: Lord, Your ways are not my ways. You call me to a life that confounds the world, but it is the best life because it leads me closer to You and makes me more like You, the most humble, the most loving. You alone are worthy of my worship. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed” (1 Corinthians 4:1).