Week 13 Saturday

Doing What It Takes

Today’s scripture selection: First Corinthians 9-10

Key verses: First Corinthians 9:22b

 

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”

 

     The apostle Paul knew his rights as an apostle of God.  He could quote them, chapter and verse, to those he led.  But he also could sincerely write about how he willingly gave up those “rights” in order that others might know about God’s love.

     He had been a Pharisee and a follower of the law.  He could have continued in his self-righteous life, persecuting the followers of the Way.  But Christ came to him in a vision – and his life changed forever.  From that point on, he would not think of himself and his “rights”.  He would only think of how he could serve.

     We live in a world where people are often demanding something they believe they are owed.

     What a contrast it is to see this shining example of servant leadership.

     If we are to be followers of the Way – that is, those who would follow Christ who is the “Way” – we must always see how we can adopt this same attitude of servant leadership.

     It’s not good enough that it is left to the “professionals” – clergy and the elected officers of the church.

     Everyone is called to find his or her way of serving; of giving up one’s “rights” in search of service.

     Because, after all, that is the only way to really follow the One who gave himself for the world on a cross of sacrifice.

 

Prayer: Lord, help me to take up my own cross daily, in service to You.  AMEN.

 

 

 

 

     

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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