Why would you? (I Corinthians 9-11)

22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. I Corinthians 9:22-23

Sometimes I pause from my busy schedule and ask myself the following question: “why do I do what I do?”  At other times I pause, after having viewed other people’s schedules, and I ask, “Why are they doing what they do?”

This day, I ask, “Why do you do what you do?”

For the Apostle Paul this was the answer he was focused in I Corinthians 9-10.  Here is the context:

  • Paul was being maligned and misunderstood in his ministry.

Some people in the church at Corinth were accusing him of being in the ministry for the money.  Other people were saying that he did not have the right to receive a salary while serving in the ministry.

  • Paul’s response was magnificent and mighty in power.

Paul made it clear that he was not in the ministry for the money.  He surrendered his rights to receive money, Vs: 12.  His purpose was to share the gospel for the sake of the souls of men, Vs:19-23.  Paul made it clear, “every move he made was in a disciplined way for the purpose of winning people to Jesus, Vs: 24-27.

This was his answer and it was powerful.  In chapter 10 Paul continued to make it clear, “here is why I do what I do.”  Check out Vs: 33

33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

The truth is, you will never please everyone who watches your life.  But if you please Jesus you will be reaching the souls of men.  Brothers and sisters, this is why we do what we do!!!

I pray the Lord finds you being faithful in your purpose in whatever season of life you are in!!!

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