Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible….I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:19, 22b-23)
How important is the gospel to us? Does it save us only or does it shape every aspect of our lives. The Apostle Paul is motivated to sacrifice his freedom and autonomy for the sake of his gospel ministry. His goal is that more might be saved by all means available.
We do not see in Paul a half-hearted love for God and the gospel, but a wholehearted dedication. He surrenders all he is and has to God that God might use all of Paul for His purposes. Every aspect of Paul’s life is surrendered to God for His purposes: His freedom, his cultural frameworks, his preferences, his will, his strength, his comfort—everything.
What about us? Are we the sort of people who are completely surrendered to God for His purposes? Have we given every aspect of our lives into the hands of God or is there something that we have held back? Our response to these questions may reveal how important the gospel really is to us. May God give us strength to surrender everything to Him.
2 thoughts on “How Important is the Gospel to Us?”
Hi pastor Matt: You had a great video a month or so ago about evaluating responses of fellow believers to the corona crisis.. Do you have a link for that?
Have you seen my new website?https://faithvisionservice.com/blog/ You should have received an email from me a few days ago about it. Any thoughts on the website? Blessings Richard
Hello, Richard. Thank you for sharing your new website. I’m not sure which specific video you are talking about. If it was something I shared in the Weekend Wanderer post, you can scroll through those here: https://mwerickson.com/category/weekend-wanderer/.