This Week’s Reading
1 Corinthians 1 – 9
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:19
NIV: Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. (Read online)
KV: For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. (Read online)
MSG: 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. (Read online)
I am not bound by the expectations of others, but I am called to bring people to Christ.
I am reading 1 Corinthians and I find nearly each passage rich with truths that make me reflect on where I am? Where I’m going? What is God calling me to be?
As a follower of Christ I am freed from the expectations of others. I’m sure my mother had dreams and plans for my life as a child. My husband even has expectations of me as his wife and so do my children as their mother. Most people that depend on you have some sort of expectation for the outcome of your relationship or dealing with one another.
But I belong to no man.
On my first reading I liked that. I belong to no man. And the Message version made the statement even better, “I am free of the demands and expectations of others…” However, this scripture says that “I make myself a slave to everyone…”
I had to read it several times. It calls to mind many situations. For example…
When I go out of my way to assist someone and I don’t receive a simple “Thank you”.
I cook and clean and my children walk through the house with leaves and dirt.
I work for hours planning a project only to have someone else take the credit.
I am free from their demands, BUT I am a follower of Christ. And all things are to be towards His glory, not the glory of men (see 1 Peter 4:11). Which means, although I am free I am not relieved of the duties God has given me.
I am to serve others, love others because it is what He has commanded me to do. My life work is to bring people to Christ. In the process of carrying out my work I will be subjected to ungrateful people. I will be overlooked…disregarded…unappreciated BY MEN.
My work is not for men, but God.
I have read this passage and I understand, but in the flesh, it hurts. It hurts to be disregard. But I must continue to press through because my work is to bring others to Christ. Thus, my reward will be greater…later.
Thank you for the opportunity to read your word. Thank you for the ability to understand and receive correction from you.
Father, you have known me from my conception. It is not new to you that I sometimes get distracted by things and circumstances I cannot change and that are out of my control. That I fall short of all that you have created me to be. So, I thank you for the opportunity to see where I have failed by seeking the approval of others when the only approval I need is from you.
Father, help me to recall that I do all things for your glory. Help me to remember that my gifts, which were graciously provided by you, are to serve others. It is through me that your love and grace can be show on earth. So Father, help me to see where I fail to accurately show your grace to others.
Lastly, I ask for strength to continue in the walk so that I can be a living testament of your love.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Question: What passage in the bible has pierced you lately?