1 Corinthians 9:16-23 – I do it all for the sake of the gospel.

1 CORINTHIANS 9:16-23

16If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! 17For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. 18What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.

19For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. 20To 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 I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. 21To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. 22To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. 23I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • As you pay attention to you breath, notice what you have done for the sake of the gospel.
  • What gifts did God use in you?
  • How were you a vessel for God?
  • What did you let go so that you could accept this call?
  • What gift did God have for you?
  • Savor this gift.  Linger here to recognize the presence of God in this experience.
  • How is God calling you today for the sake of the gospel?
  • What gifts will God use in you?
  • How will you be a vessel for God?
  • What will you let go to answer this call?
  • What gift will God have for you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, February 4, 2018, the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 
Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39

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(c) 2018 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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