March 24, 2020: SOAP #3764:   Joshua 18-20; 1Corinthians 9 Scripture:  1Corinthians (NIV) 9:16 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! 17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the […]

March 24, 2020: SOAP #3764:   Joshua 18-20; 1Corinthians 9

Scripture:  1Corinthians (NIV) 9:16 Yet when I preach thegospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do notpreach the gospel!
17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simplydischarging the trust committed to me.
18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offerit free of charge, and so not make use of my rights in preaching it.

Observation:  Everyonehas been in a place where they were expected, required, directed to dosomething they would rather not do. (This is not about something sinful or unlawful.)  It may be as simple as driving the speedlimit or coming to a complete stop at a stop sign.  It may be something expected by familymembers.  It may be something that Godhas given us to do. 

Application:   Paul gives me two choices in the mattersabout which I do not have a choice.  Thechoice is not 'do it' or 'don't do it;' the choice is in my attitude.  I can do it because I am compelled, or I cando it voluntarily.  

When I serve because I am required, my focus is on getting it over.  I may unknowingly communicate severalmessages: that the people I am serving are not deserving of my time or that Iam just wasting my time. 

When I serve voluntarily, my focus is on the assignment and those I amserving.  I communicate that they areworthy of my service.  I communicate thatthey are not a waste of my time; they are my reward.  I find my joy in doing a good job servingothers. 

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, now about the matter of whichyou are speaking to me.  Continue toremind me of Whom I am really serving. May your 'Well done' be my greatestreward.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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