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Winning Souls As A Servant
Anonymous - Jan. 29, 2016
Devotional

1 Corinthians 9:19-23, "For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 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; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you." There are days that pass by where the only person that I consider is myself. I know I am not alone in this because we so often focus on ourselves and our needs that we forget as Christians that we have a purpose greater than just ourselves. That purpose is to share our knowledge of Christ with those who are not in Christ and to do so with a servant's heart. We can be walking along until God brings someone in our path that shakes us up and brings our true purpose back into our focus. In verse 21 of 1 Cor. 9, God's Word talks about winning those that are without the law by becoming a servant to them. As this Scripture struck so many chords in my heart, there was a particular instance this week that reminded me of this concept. I consult for an underground (trench) construction safety company. Contractors call me to their job sites to pick my brain based upon the training and experience I possess that they trust with their employees lives. The circumstance that shook me up this week was when a contractor chose to go against my recommendations and I did not respond with a humble attitude, the way that I know I should have. I allowed my ego to get in the way and was almost insulting in a way that I wish I could take back. Had I stopped and handled the situation with an ounce more of professionalism with the safety of his employees in mind, he might have chosen to listen to me. This was such a great parallel to what Christ has asked of us as His followers. He has not only allowed us to be a part of the gift of eternal life but He has ordained each and everyone of us as a minister of the knowledge of His saving grace. We possess a knowledge that could not only change their lives on this earth but for eternity. What do we do with that knowledge? Do we stick our nose up and look down on those that do not know Jesus? Do we allow people that treat us badly to effect our ego in a way that we refuse to serve them? What is it sometimes that makes us think we are better than anyone else because Christ has already saved us? My knowledge of safety should not have become a detriment to helping that contractor shore up his trench to keep his workers safe. My knowledge should have become an asset to that gentleman and had I been humble and approached him in a different manner, I might have been received better. As Christians our knowledge of Christ should make us humble before anyone that the Lord brings our way. Let us serve all men with a humble heart, the way that our Savior did! Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions