I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1 Cor. 9:23)
Expanded Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:19–23
Why do you do what you do? Why do you go to your job? Why do you go to your church? Why do you volunteer with that organization, after-school program, or Little League? In all these instances, you are giving your time, talent, and, in most cases, treasure, too. Why do you do it? Hopefully you go to your job partially because of their mission, but if not, you are at least going for the blessing of a steady paycheck. Your church attendance brings the blessing of fellowship, deeper spiritual formation, and collective work for the kingdom. Volunteering takes up your time and energy, but you likely at least get the blessing of knowing you have blessed someone else.
Why did Paul do what he did? He regularly moved around, unable to put down roots. He was constantly in danger. He was often beaten or jailed. Why did he do it? For the sake of the gospel. How can you reorient your life so that it is all for the sake of the gospel? It may not mean changing certain activities; instead, it may involve just changing your motivation for doing them. Maybe it means using those activities to find opportunities to share the gospel. It may also mean eliminating other activities if they run counter to the gospel.
Whatever you do, do it all for the sake of the gospel.
Aaron Wilkinson is the vice president of operations and enrollment at Wesley Seminary, a member of College Wesleyan Church (IN), and an employee resilience researcher.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.