“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ, and stewards…”
1 Corinthians 4:1
This is Paul speaking.
The apostle Paul. The writer of the the majority of the New Testament Paul. The bold preacher of the gospel Paul. The man who could prophecy, speak in tongues, heal the sick, and love deeply.
He was the Christian superstar. Yet in all this, what he asks the Corinthian church to strikes deep conviction in me.
He is asking the Corinthians to regard him as only a “servant of Christ.” Nothing more. He would boast in nothing other than that. To him, the world is crucified. He belonged only to Jesus.
I think about my life and how I deeply aspire to be great in the eyes of God, but I am reminded of who I only am before men.
Before men, I am only a servant of Jesus Christ.
At the end of my three years at Fuller, I am not a pastor. I am not a great leader. I am not a superstar. I am a servant of Jesus Christ.
I am not great. My gifts are not particularly special. My skills are not particularly learned.
It is Jesus who is great. It is his gifts which are neat. His speech which is refined. His life which is motivational. His ministry which is large. His church which is impressive. All things are His. And all things are for Him.
And so wherever I am, whatever I will be, whoever I will become when I leave, please regard me as such:
A servant of Jesus Christ.