Paul’s priority and the power of the message

There are a few phrases that Paul said that really impact me. Take Acts 20:24 “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Then again in 1Cor 9:19-23, it says,” 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 myself not being 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 being 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 for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.”
Paul in both of these statements takes great joy in the blessings of the gospel and a deep desire to share it for the sake of others, and a disregard for his own pride, identity and desires. So in sharing myself I must look to the joy of the message and it’s power in every culture. I mentioned it in the past, but being in a culture that is in contrast to the gospel message has brought the truth of it out even more.

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