I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
1 Corinthians 9:22b-23 (ESV)
Paul model’s the disciples life for us in all that he does. We as disciples are to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Paul shows us how it is to be done. Once Paul became a follower of Jesus he gave his whole being to serving the one that served him on the cross.
When we read the above statement that Paul made we can see he was following in the footsteps of Jesus. He wanted to meet everyone where they were and bring them along in the truth of God’s word. Just like Jesus, he strove to relate to everyone he came in contact with. The statement “that by all means I might save some” tells us the lengths he was willing to go to save one soul. Why did he do it? For “the sake of the gospel”, he responded to the GOOD NEWS and wanted others to share in the joy that he had found. This is what a true disciple does. They want everyone to have what they have.
Paul was realistic in his efforts, he knew that he wouldn’t reach everybody, but he knew he would reach some, and that was all the motivation he needed. Paul was on a search and rescue mission. He wanted to search out the lost wherever they were and rescue them from certain death. His life was a valiant effort to do this.
Today everyone of us that are disciples of Jesus are to be on the same mission. We too must carry on the mission that Jesus had, to seek and save the lost. God saves them, not us. But, if we don’t go they will not hear and be saved. If we don’t make the effort many more will be lost than will be saved.
Let’s follow in the footsteps of Jesus and those disciples that have gone before us. For the sake of the gospel, let’s keeping moving forward so that we may save as many as possible.
© 2014 Leo J. Woodman