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.