My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Sunday, November 11, 2012
What will you do for the gospel?
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more.
(1 Corinthians 9:19 NASB)
I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
(1 Corinthians 9:23 NASB)
Paul was consumed with loving service to the Lord. This was his
passion, day in and day out. The result was that he was constantly
looking for those who did not know Jesus Christ. He was willing to
change his plans, he was willing to be flexible, he was willing to lay
down his own rights so that he might be able to bring someone to the
Lord. There was nothing selfish about his actions. Instead, his goal
was to be a partaker of the gospel, which meant that ultimately he
wanted to participate in Christ. Christ was in him, but he was also
in-Christ and this co-mingling with the Gospel so penetrated his very
being that Paul couldn't help but be like Christ. Christ's passion for
the lost consumed him and there was nothing he could do, but reach out
to a hurting and dying world. He did everything for the sake of the
I'm afraid that these days I see very little passion for the lost.
Somehow I think we've fooled ourselves into thinking that somehow
everyone is going to be okay. They're not all going to be okay! We
need to pray that God will again pour out on us his passion for the lost
world around us so that we would do whatever it takes to bring people
to Christ. But at the root of it all is how Paul ended this section.
He did all things for the gospel so that he could be a fellow partaker
of it. Our passion for winning the lost does not come from simply a
desire to win the lost -- but from our passion for Christ. Ultimately
what may be wrong with us today is that we don't have a passion to be
partakers of the Gospel, who is Jesus Christ! Jesus is the good news,
and when we unite ourselves with him, his passions become our passions.
But have we truly united ourselves with him? Or have we simply enjoyed
fellowship with him that has been beneficial for us, but we have been
unwilling to take the plunge and truly allow ourselves to become
partakers together with him?
May we allow ourselves to become so consumed with the gospel, may we
become partakers of him to the extent that we want nothing but what
Jesus wants. Jesus gave his life for the lost. The passion of Christ
should so consume us that we would be willing to do whatever it takes
for the lost to come to him.
Lord, may you place a fiery consuming burden in my heart for the lost. Amen.