WINNING THE PRIZE
Suggested Reading: 1 Corinthians 8-9
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Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 9:22
…to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
Paul’s commitment, his personal discipline, his work schedule, and the way he lived his life is described in our key verse. The motivation, “that I might by all means save some,” is all consuming. Yes, he’s very human also. His statement about Cephas (Peter) bringing along his wife may have been evidence that for brief moments he felt sorry for himself (9:5). Nevertheless, Paul persevered with a godly stubbornness that refused to pander to his personal pleasures. The same could be said about his financial resources. He worked long hours making tents to support himself here in Corinth. He makes the point that he had every right to be supported by the offerings of the believers, but that for his own reasons, chose not to accept money from them for personal use. Just in case some would make a mandatory practice of this, remember that Jesus and the twelve accepted donations for their support (Luke 8:3). Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and many others provided for Jesus from their substance. Paul himself declared in 9:14 that those who preach the Gospel should live from the Gospel. However, Paul made a personal choice to support himself by his trade. I’m sure this added exclamation points (!!!) to his message and to the way these rough, tough people opened their hearts to Paul’s preaching.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, may I be given grace to “become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” I pray in the Name of the One who did this completely, the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
When Jesus left Nazareth, He may have set up a carpenter shop in Capernaum. From time to time, in order to care for my family, I’ve worked extra jobs to provide necessary funds. For some reason one of my efforts comes to mind. I hope I don’t offend anyone, but I would drive to one of the many lakes in the area of Northern Ontario, catch bull frogs, and ship them over night by train to a Montreal restaurant for their menu of frog’s legs the next day. There are several other initiatives I took in order to have the funds to stay in ministry, preaching the Gospel.
In this blog, I’m like a child colouring in the pictures in a colouring book. My sons, Reynold, a professional photographer, and Ron, Spiritual Director of Crossroads, both ordained ministers, create the outlines. Reynold has spent 3 months in Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, and Italy to provide the pictures. He sends them electronically to Ron, who creates the blog format for me. Ron in turn sends it on to me. When I rise early each morning to read the Word, pray, and type the blog, there it is on my computer. I’m just filling in the blanks. It’s truly a team effort. The blessing of the entire leadership team of Crossroads is also important. Thank you everyone!!!
Yours to “by all means save some,” hopefully by being “winsome,”