2 Corinthians 4: God Focused
It feels good to be important, and I think that most of us want to feel that we have some level of authority in a given situation. However, in 2 Corinthians 4, Paul is careful to point out to the Corinthians that when they are preaching the gospel, it is not about them.
2Co 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
We preach about Jesus Christ. Why? God sent Him to earth, and now He lives within us to give an understanding of the things of God. Without Jesus Christ, we would still be blind in our sins. We would not realize our fallenness, but because of the light that we have shined in our hearts, we can comprehend what is really happening.
Notice that it is nothing about ourselves. Our message is about what Jesus Christ has done for us. It is not that I have read a self-help book and made myself a better person. It is not that I began practicing meditation and found to the answer within myself (not that meditation itself is necessarily bad, but when the focus is only on ourselves, there is a problem in this case). I have received light in my heart directly because of Jesus Christ moving in.
God is the important one in this situation. He has the authority, and the light comes from Him. We benefit from that without a doubt, but the gospel is not about us. When we make the gospel about ourselves, we put ourselves in the place of God, and that is something that is never smart to do.