1 Corinthians 9:12 Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.
After encouraging a group of believers within the Corinthian church to give up their right to eat food sacrificed to idols for the sake of another group for whom this practice was a stumbling block,A Paul offers his own conduct as a testimony.B As an apostle of God and a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, he argues, he is entitled to some rights, such as having a “believing wife” C and making his “living by the gospel” D He forsakes these rights to be certain not to put an obstacle in the way of anyone accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior as described in v.12.
He surrendered his life to sharing the gospel across three continents during his ministry. Also he endured unbelievable hardships: 24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. E This is a partial list from the first 70% of Paul’s ministry.
I wonder if the call and commandment for every Disciple in scripture F is any different than Paul’s. Paul’s sharing the gospel was his 1st priority; his work was only for support to live. I fear that most of the time we have sharing the gospel way down on our priority list after work, pleasure, comforts, what we like to do, sports, etc.
Will you ask the Lord to help inventory your normal tasks and make sharing the gospel high on your “priority list” or “life vision” G?
Notes: A- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 & click here; B- 1 Corinthians 9:1-18; C- 1 Corinthians 9:5; D- 1 Corinthians 9:14; E- 2 Corinthians 11:24-28; F- Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8; John 15:1-11; G- For my “life vision” click here.
Henry Luke 3/27/2018
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