For His Sake

2 Corinthians 4:5 (ESV)
"For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake."

To a Christian, these words, or words similar, are extremely familiar as they are often at the closing of our petitions and prayers to God. It is in this familiarity where we can lose sight of their significance. These words have great importance to them because they represent the blessings of salvation on earth and in heaven, originated by Jesus, proceeding from Him, and bestowed upon us for His sake.

I want to use this post to look a little closer at those sacred words, “for Jesus’ sake”.

It is because of what Jesus did and what He suffered that God saves us. The great blessing of salvation is not ours by our own merit (Ephesians 2:8-9), but on the merit of the finished work of Jesus Christ.

If we could only inculcate our natural condition before a Holy God, we would recognize our guilt and unrighteousness of which we cannot escape of by our own works (Romans 3:10-19). I think we fail to grasp that as sinners, we are under the wrath of God (John 3:36), wholly unacceptable to Him.

For us to be accepted, we must be clothed in the Righteous One and this can only be accomplished by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. “He has made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:3-6) and it is only through Him where forgiveness and reconciliation can come about (Ephesians 1:7; Acts 4:12).

In our unrighteousness, we cannot expect to have our prayers heard. He will not hear us for our own sake, but only by the One Source of merit can we expect to have our prayers heard “for Jesus’ sake!” (see Romans 8:32; Ephesians 4:32; and 1 John 2:1-2). Only through our Advocate will our prayers be answered. God delights to hear the prayers from His saints; it is an efficacious plea in prayer when we thoughtfully close with “for Jesus’ sake; a prayer born in the remembrance of the blood shed on our behalf.

We can use the words “for Jesus’ sake” in the times when the trials of life befall us. Remember, these trials come for His sake, or are borne for His sake. Let us approach these times as an opportunity to draw closer to God, to recognize his pruning hand as he molds us more into His image. “For whom the Lord loves, He chastens.”

It is for His sake that we are called to reach a lost and dying world. It is for His sake that no one should perish (2 Peter 3:9), and it is for His sake that we should care enough to fulfill the Great Commission.

As we reflect on the words “for Jesus’s sake”, let us take these words and write them on our hearts and live out a life that encapsulates their sacred meaning. Let us reflect His light in every encounter with another individual, whether it is in person, phone, email, text, or social media post. Let us reflect His love

For Jesus’ sake.