Influencing for Christ - Explore the Bible for March 25 2018

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    Explore the Bible
    March 25 2017
    Dave Johnston 
    Little Rock
    1 Cor. 9:19-27; 10:31-33; 11:1 (CSB)

    We live in a world that prizes status. We have to make more money be known by more people and spend time with the important people of our society. While none of these are bad the question is begged: “How can these endeavors help us share Christ with the people around us?”

    In 1 Corinthians 9:19 Paul said “Although I am free from all people I have made myself a slave to all in order to win more people.”

    Paul was free and as an educated man he had attained a high status. He was an important person. Yet he chose to be a “slave to all” taking a low position in order to influence more people.

    He continued in 1 Corinthians 9:22 “I have become all things to all people so that I may by all means save some.” A great summary of this section would be: Do nothing to hinder someone from coming to Christ; do everything possible to win many people for Christ.

    Paul had taken this low position for the gospel. This makes sense because this is exactly what Christ did. In Philippians 2:5-8 Jesus “emptied Himself” by assuming the “form of a slave.” Paul and Jesus did not seek their own benefit but instead did what was best for others so that many people might be saved.

    Paul also said he did this so that he could share or participate in the blessings of the gospel. His entire life was lived so that more people would know Christ. That is worth
    imitating.

    We have to put our agendas aside in order for more people to come to know Christ. All that we do should be for the sake of the gospel. What are we doing to help people come to know Christ?

    Paul said it best: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do do everything for the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or Greeks or the church of God just as I also try to please everyone in everything not seeking my own benefit but the benefit of many so that they may be saved” (1 Cor. 10:31-33).