Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:1-6 ESV)
The message we carry to the world is a powerful and simplistic one. God has made us “sufficient” for the task of proclaiming the gospel to the nations. Through the message of “Christ crucified,” the Lord opens blinded eyes that sinners might see and believe. Why then would we ever think of depending on our own cleverness, smooth presentations, visitor surveys or concert style services to bring in the crowds and try to convince them of the truth of the gospel? Everything we need is entrusted to us by the Lord to be used as He has designed. May we stick to the preaching of the Word through an open statement of the truth, commending ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.