For The Sake Of The Gospel

“I do all things for the sake of the gospel.” I Cor. 9:23a (NASV) Really Michael, do you do all things for the sake of the gospel?

Did I buy my car for the sake of the gospel, or, conversely, did I refrain from buying a car for the sake of the gospel? Did I plan out my education for the sake of the gospel, choosing that college or trade school for the gospel’s sake? Did I buy my home or rent my apartment for the sake of the gospel, and do I do my weekly shopping for the gospel’s sake?

I could have done all these things, or perhaps I have done none of them. Marriage, family, education, occupation, hobby, retirement, all the decisions of these details of life can be made for my sake or Christ’s. A wife and a husband can make them together for Christ. A sixteen year old boy can say “What would you have me to do Lord?” And a couple on their sixtieth anniversary can say “Lord, with our remaining days, here we are, send us.”

What would life be like if financial decisions were all made for the gospel’s sake? What would be the daily consequences, and the lifelong ones, if seeking Christ was the motive for all decision making? We have bills to acquire or avoid and our eyes are fixed on Christ. We have jobs to apply for or pass by and our eyes are fixed on Christ. We have time for ministry and hobby and our eyes are fixed on Christ. We have people to become intimate with or stay distant from and our eyes are fixed on Christ.

God would be responsible for the outcomes because He told us that if we “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, all these things will be added to you.” Matt. 6:33

The world has said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but you and I can let God define what beauty is, let Him show us that beauty, and let Him teach us that beauty. When we see beauty as God sees beauty, the glory of the gospel draws us and Christ astonishes us, and our desires are changed to be the desires of God.

Jesus was not lying when He said that only God is good; we will be discovering the truth of that forever.

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