“Preach the Gospel, die and be forgotten.”- Count Zinzendorf
“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”- 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
When our sole hope, purpose, identity, satisfaction, joy, and ultimate salvation are wrapped up in one man, we cannot help but lift Him up for the world to see. And indeed the power of ministry comes not from well-crafted sermons or excellent discipleship programs but from the message we preach made effective by the Spirit of God changing the hearts of men, women, and children. The power of Christianity comes in the simple message of the beauty of the Son of Man. As we see Him as more fulfilling, more desirous, more life-giving than our own sin and darkness, we will gladly give up all that He might be known, that He might be tasted. And indeed, this is the sole duty and joy of every believer; Christ known, trusted, and savored for the glory of God. It is enough to preach the Gospel and die. It is enough to speak of Jesus of Nazareth, because the happiness and glory of the universe are wrapped up in His very existence.