All Things to All Men

In I Corinthians 9:19, the Apostle Paul states, “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.” Paul had official right as an Apostle, but he gave them up for the furtherance of the Gospel. Yes, he had liberty, but as a spirit-filled believer, he submitted to the royal law of love. He realized that his freedom meant nothing unless it was conditioned by love.

Paul used his right for the Gospel’s sake and to liberate others who had lost their rights. Paul’s first desire was not to correct them, but to impart to them the life he had received. He identified with the Corinthians so that God’s love could create a capacity in them. The light would shine into darkness and create more light (2). Light does not compromise with darkness, but it supplies the provision to change it into light.

The believer who goes soulwinning puts the needs of others before his own. The missionary makes a decision to identify with those who are in desperate need to hear the Gospel. “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (I Corinthians 9:22b).

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