Have you ever had your rights taken away from you?
Paul was a free man. He had had a good education, and was a bit of a celebrity too in the Ancient World. He had even had a completely transformative experience of Jesus in a vision. And yet, he hadn’t taken any payment from the church in Corinth for bringing them the hope of life in and through Jesus. Rather than bask in his rights, he chose to put up with anything so as not to hinder the spread of the Gospel.
He tells them that he had become all things to all people so that by all possible means he might save some. He lived with an urgency to see people come to know Jesus for themselves. He set aside his own wants and desires so that people might have their lives changed and transformed by God. It’s such a challenge for us all.
He treats life as if it is a race, where we are trying our best in all that we do, trying to get to the end and get the prize. That means lots of training and hard work along the way. But that’s the way we can live lives that bear fruit and see other people being changed.
Lord God, thank you for all the good things you give us. Help us to think of others before ourselves, and be prepared to set our desires aside so they can come to know you more. Help us to win the race for your glory. Amen.
How can you get in training today?