How much will you give up? (I Corinthians 9-10)

 12 If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more?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 I Corinthians 9:12

One of the most unbiblical statements a person can make is when a person says; I do not care what others think about me, I am free to do what I want to do. In my life-time I know I have failed so many times as a witness because I have placed stumbling blocks before others because of either my insensitivity or because of blind spots in my faith.

At the end of I Corinthians 8 Paul writes, “If food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.”

According to I Corinthians 9, Paul had arrived at a spiritual place where he had surrendered all his spiritual rights for the sake of reaching others. Yes, you could argue: I have the right too… However Paul would respond, but at the expense of how many people. Paul writes, “but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.”

I wonder, are there places and are there people God cannot trust me to reach? I wonder, are there blind spots in my life and maybe in your life? Miles McPherson gets at the heart of the matter in his book “The Third Option.” He writes:

Every person is prejudice in some form or fashion. Each of us are who we are because of the influences we have in our lives. We must first own the prejudice and then surrender our minds to the Lord’s way of living before we can overcome the blind spots in our lives.

Brothers and sisters, I want to reach every person with the gospel. If this is to be in our lives we must be willing to give up wrong traditions, prejudices, personal likes and dislikes that are truly stumbling blocks.

Father please remove any blind spots from our eyes. Father give us a hunger to see the value of every soul. You did not send Jesus for just the white American. You sent Jesus for all people, John 3:16.

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