Paul begins chapter nine of first Corinthians by asking this question…
“Am I not free?
The implied answer is “yes, I am indeed free”. By verse nineteen he makes this profound statement:
“Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.”
Paul answers my question from yesterday’s post, “What will you do with that freedom?” He used it to make himself a slave to win as many as possible to Christ. Paul further articulates his answer in verses twenty through twenty-three:
“Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn't take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I've become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn't just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!” (The Message)
I love Paul’s “whoever” list:
“… religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever”
Who’s on your “Whoever” list?
To be completely honest, lately I’ve been having an easier time with the nonreligious, loose-living immoralist, the defeated and the demoralized. The religious, meticulous-moralist just tick me off.
So do I get to pick and choose who is on and who is off my “whoever” list? Well, I can, I have. But then its “Tom’s” list, not a “whoever” list. No, I don't get to choose, God does. I gave him that right when I gave him my life.
In the ocean of freedom that is mine in Christ, who might He send me to that I can, like Paul, make myself a slave to win as many as possible?
Lord show me who is on your “whoever” today. Give me the grace I need to enter their world and experience things from their point of view, amen.
© Tom Zawacki 2006
Let's raise up our glass and toast the "whoever" God brings our way. NReplyDelete
Thanks for the reminder to look for whoever to bless today. Love your heart!ReplyDelete