1 Corinthians 9:19
19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.
One of the great appeals of the Gospel is the freedom that we are given in Christ by following Him. In Christ, we are free to do all things. The penalty of sins past and sins future has been taken on by Jesus and no longer will God’s wrath and justice threaten to blot us out from communion from Him. It is an amazing exchange where the rule breaker becomes completely pardoned while the one who never broke a rule is completely condemned, yet that is where we find ourselves in Jesus. Completely free. So what do we do with this freedom?
In today’s verse the Apostle Paul tells us that we should use our freedom to become slaves to those who are not free. How’s that for a twist? What Paul is showing us is that preaching the Gospel is not only proclamation of the good news but it is also modeling Jesus to the lost. Paul reminds us that part of being a good student is not only being able to recite the teachings of our Master, but also being able to apply those teaching. Paul’s goal is winning the lost. His desire is to set captives free. He challenges us to do the same by serving those who are not yet saved.
So what is our application? Simply, be more like Jesus. We who follow Jesus are His disciples. The primary goal of a disciple is to become like his Master. What did our Master do? He loved and served and sacrificed for others so that they would see the love and service and sacrifice of God himself, therefore we also should love and serve and sacrifice for others to demonstrate who God is. It is in this emulation of the Master that our freedom is truly realized.
Are you free enough to be a servant?
Heavenly Father, thank you God for your example of love, service, and sacrifice. Thank you God that you set us free so that we may serve those still in bondage. Father help us not to cheapen your goodness by using our new found freedom to serve ourselves. Challenge us Lord to use our freedom to imitate you. Challenge us to serve so that we might win more. Thank you for your love. In Jesus name, Amen.