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1 Corinthians 9

1 Corinthians 9 has Paul talking about how he is acting as a messenger of the gospel.  “If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you”?  Paul almost seems irritated that the Corinthians were complaining about how he was living as a messenger of the gospel.  He makes a strong case as to why and how the church should support him.  But he also makes it clear he has never taken advantage of what was rightfully his.  “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”.

Paul is focused on being above reproach.  He was not willing to take a chance of being accused of taking advantage of people.  “I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting”.  Paul is focused on being above reproach.  He was focused on preaching Christ crucified and leading people, no matter their state, to the Cross.

He didn’t have to live that way.  He chose to do it to be sure as to not cause any reason for suspicion and to be completely above reproach.  “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them”.  Paul wasn’t focused on himself and what he deserved as a minister of the gospel.  He was focused on the end game and making sure that he led people to Jesus.  “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some”.  He has one mission on his mind – bringing people to Christ.

Singlemindedness is a trait that defines Paul’s life.  “I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings”.  His eyes were on the end game and he was focused on that alone.  “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So  run that you may obtain it”.  He challenges us to be likeminded and focused as well on the mission of leading people to Jesus. How do we do that?  By walking with Christ and living in obedience to God’s commands.  “I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified”.  His focus was clear and he was dedicated to living life fully for that purpose!

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