1 Corinthians 9:16-18, 25
Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make use of my rights in preaching it… Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Paul is a passionate man of God and earnestly sought the Lord until his last breath. We can see that in his writing and the way he earnestly pushes the Corinthian Christians to walk in the right path. The Corinthians felt they did not have to give up their own liberty for any man’s pleasures and so Paul uses himself as an example to ask if he was not free to exercise his freedom in terms of marriage, being paid a salary, eating of food and drink, etc. Paul’s question to us is what are we doing with our new found freedom?

Although I like sports, I am not much of a champion in any sport but still enjoy playing competitively. The goal is to win but our joy is to gloat in the glory of being called a winner. That glory is short lived but as Christians, our goal is to live with Christ in heaven and that goal is confirmed before we start our race and lasts an eternity! In our Christian walk, our mission is to go out and share the good news of Jesus to the world. Our joy is to serve the Lord with our all and to do that; we need to be able to love those like Jesus loved us. How can we love our freedom more than we love our Lord and those He loves? 1 John 2:17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Comments
  1. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    “Our joy is to serve the Lord with our all and to do that; we need to be able to love those like Jesus loved us. How can we love our freedom more than we love our Lord and those He loves?” I had to read through that statement three times to get the great wisdom you used in it’s writing. We need to show love to everyone, those we find easy to love, and those we find especially hard to love also. For anyone can love someone to whom love returns freely, but the challenge is to love those who persecute you. That is what Jesus did. God bless my friend
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim
      I sometimes try to squeeze in too much in too little space to keep the devotionals short as some of the readers like it that way. The freedom Paul was referring to here was the same as in 1 Cor. 8 where he encouraged the church to show caution in eating food served to idols and exercising freedom that might trip new believers into sin. You are so right about our love and when and to whom we like to share it but the Lord calls for love beyond comfort zones and that’s a challenge to the best of us.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  2. springsinthedesert says:

    Vineet,

    “They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”

    I love that verse..and it also reminds us to check our motives..why are we doing God’s work? Are we struggling to be appreciated by this world and to recieve the crown of this world which will not last…or are we doing it for our Lord and for the crown in heaven???

    Great thought..I love your short devotions..because it hits on the mark…each sentence is power packed…I think I’ll never learn to write short.

    God Bless,
    Rani

    • ServantBoy says:

      Rani
      Thank you for reminding us about the crown that we are all striving for. We are so often caught with striving for human crowns that I am forever at mental crossroads about my motives. Recently I have been exposed to the doctrine of fullness in Christ where we are called to ask for fullness in every area of our lives and I have trouble with this because I feel that when we seek more than just God, we invite trouble for we will never be able to worship God in the fullness of His image with the pressures of managing the fullness of health, riches, etc. When we seek God fully, all His things shall be added to us and we will be better custodians because we will be more Christlike in our approach to them.
      Vineet
      PS: Short devotionals were the hardest for me to write but I keep in mind the fact that I am normally long winded and this is a way for me to weed our myself and only focus on God and what He is saying to me. I love your thoughts because they are full, well thought out and such a blessing to my soul!

  3. Vineet,

    This one is so powerful. Many of us…even though we might not admit it are looking for that five minute moment of fame. But…in Christ…like you said…there is already a promise of win-win…down here on earth and then again in eternity. Then if I know this…why do I so desire to experience that five minute glory? I pray that the deception of the enemy may not cloud our desire to reach out for our heavenly goal in exchange for momentarily glow!

    Blessings,

    Gladwell

  4. ServantBoy says:

    Gladwell,
    Yes, your prayer is mine as well and as much as I like to convince myself that I no longer seek my own glory, I know that the devil plays me and I will fall. Prayer is our only lifeline to God. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.
    Vineet

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