2 Corinthians 4:1-2
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
The Apostle Paul says I have this ministry but I haven’t forgotten that I received mercy, therefore I faint not. The great Apostle Paul was a highly educated, religiously zealous person before the Lord showed up in his life and stopped him in his tracks. Paul was tracking down and taking into custody, for prosecution, everyone who was accepting Jesus Christ instead of the church at the time.
Paul is saying the Lord had mercy on me and came into my life and in spite of being given so great a ministry I will not forget that mercy shown unto me.
Because of the mercy shown unto me I renounce the hidden things of dishonesty and I will not walk in craftiness. Craftiness or subtility is the way the serpent entered the garden when man originally fell from grace. The serpent planted one little seed of doubt in man’s mind when he asked the question, “yea hath God said?”
I’m afraid that in today’s religious climate many “Christians” and “preachers” walk in craftiness from a self-serving attitude where everything revolves around them and the fact that they have received mercy is long gone from their conscious mind. This results in a life attitude of the church that people are here to serve me instead of, I received mercy and now my life is dedicated to sharing that mercy with others.
Narcissism is at epidemic levels in today’s world and I would suggest that the church is no exception.
Help us Jesus to return to the place where our interest is sharing the love and mercy of Christ, which we have received, with others for their benefit and not for our own.