There are many examples of missionaries who have given up everything for the opportunity of sharing the gospel with the lost. On this subject, I would like us to consider Paul’s attitude and the degree of flexibility he had in life-style and culture.
“For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:19–23).
Notice the basis of this attitude. It was the gospel of Jesus Christ – the message that has “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). With that knowledge, Paul “made [himself] a servant to all” because that was the most effective way of presenting the gospel so God would work in others. He followed Christ!
Every believer must ask themselves the question; ‘does the gospel mean enough to me that I will do anything so someone else can hear it, receive it and believe?’ When this becomes our heart for the world, God will help us take on the attitude of Christ – a servant (Philippians 2:5-8).
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