If I preach the Gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting’ (1 Corinthians 9:16).
Paul preached the Gospel. His whole desire was to bring men and women to the Saviour (1 Corinthians 9:22). He did not want to draw attention to himself. He didn’t preach so that his hearers would say, ‘What a good preacher Paul is!’ He wanted his hearers to say, ‘What a great Saviour Jesus is!’
He did not want to be ‘an obstacle in the way of the Gospel of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 9:12). Paul was not a ‘performer’, trying to increase his own popularity.
Paul described his ministry like this: ‘I do it all for the sake of the Gospel’ (1 Corinthians 9:23).
Keep your eyes on Jesus. This is very important. Don’t get so preoccupied with ‘a good preacher’ that you lose sight of the great Saviour!
There is no room for ‘superstars’: ‘Humble yourselves before the Lord’ – ‘The Name of Jesus is the Name above every name’ (James 4:10; Philippians 2:9-10).