“The hope we offer people is more than a set of strategies. Our hope is Christ! In him alone do lost, confused, angry, hurt, and discouraged people find what they need to be and do what God intends. We are not gurus. We are nothing more than instruments in the hands of the powerful Redeemer. The hope and help we offer is always focused on him. The most important encounter in ministry is not the person’s encounter with us, but his encounter with Christ. Our job is simply to set up that encounter, so that God would help people seek his forgiveness, comfort, restoration, strength, and wisdom.” – Paul Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, p. 138.
What an important reminder from Paul Tripp. We are not what people need. The sheep need the Chief Shepherd. We are runways. We are conduits. We are messengers. The second we begin to think we are the ‘fixers,’ we are in need of some fixin’ ourselves.
When was the last time a wrench got any credit?
It’s all about the risen Lord Jesus. Let’s preach, counsel, and teach in such a way that there is an undeniable reality of Christ-centeredness. Let no one walk out from our gatherings confused about the main point. Jesus is always the main point. The main point of the universe is the glory of Christ (Eph. 1:10).
And here’s a reminder from Paul of Tarsus:
“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Cor. 4:5).
“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me” (Colossians 1:28–29).