SATURDAY March 3, 2018
Servant to All
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law… - 1 Corinthians 9:19-20
Paul did not fleece or charge anyone for the Gospel. He had no obligation to any man; he preached the Gospel freely, out of love for God. He had given himself completely to Christ and to the ministry of the Gospel. He lived a life of self-denial––he emptied himself––in service to the Lord
Paul, in his ministry, reached out to the Judaizers, which means in Greek, “to live according to Jewish customs.” The Judaizers were Christians who had decided to adopt Jewish customs and practices, namely the Law of Moses. Paul, while in Antioch, rebuked the Apostle Peter because of his hypocrisy. He had moved away from the truth of the Gospel and began to return to the Law when God, through Jesus Christ, had given him grace:
I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do youcompel Gentiles to live as Jews?” (Galatians 2:11-14)
Paul also tried to reach the Pharisees with the Gospel; they were a Jewish sect that acted superior to others. They observed strict Jewish traditions and the written Law of Moses. They were also guilty of being hypocrites. As a servant of all, Paul preached the Gospel to them anyway. As a servant of God, will you preach the truth of the Gospel to anyone?
Oh God, if you want me to serve you I will. I’ll be what you want me to be. I’ll go where you want me to go.
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