Sunday, March 24

Whatever it takes 

Scripture: Joshua 18-20, 1 Corinthians 9

1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

Observation

In this three chapter discussion of Christian liberty, Paul uses himself as an example.  As an apostle and preacher of the gospel, he has a right to support, but he chose to forgo this right for the sake of the gospel.  He  provides an example of relinquishing a right for the sake of others, of putting others ahead of yourself.

He goes on to describe his willingness to do whatever it takes to reach people with the good news.  He became a Jew to win Jews; a Gentile to win Gentiles.  He became weak to win the weak.  Then the soaring summary: “I have become all things to all men so that I may by all means save some.”  

Application

Paul’s mission (and ours) is to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus.  Paul was willing to use whatever means necessary to win others: “be all things to all men that by all means I may save some.”  He was willing to surrender his rights, his preferences, even his identity to win others to Jesus.  Everything was subservient to the gospel and the commission to help others find and follow Jesus.  

I find this very challenging.  I’m often unwilling to get out of my comfort zone, or relinquish my rights or preferences for the sake of the lost.  I want people to know Jesus, but I’m not willing to do whatever it takes.  Paul’s example forces me to do some soul-searching.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for my selfishness and complacency.  Fill me with Your Spirit and move me, like Paul, to do whatever it takes.