Daily Devotion, July 9, 2020 - Passion to Preach

Pastor: Connie Belmore

DEVOTION: July 9, 2020
READING: 1 Corinthians 9:15-23
Passion to Preach

Are you a preacher? For most who are reading this, unless you are a vocational preacher, I expect that you may have quickly answered “no” to this question. But if you are a Christian, then you are called to be a preacher. No, I am not talking about giving up your job to become a pastor but I am talking about living into the Great Commission which is about teaching and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the nations. The word “preach” comes from the Greek word “karruso” which means to proclaim, to announce, or to herald a message. Most of us think of preaching as “delivering a sermon” (one of several ways to preach) but the truth is that all Christians are called to proclaim, announce and herald the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In today’s passage, the apostle Paul describes his passion as something he is compelled to do; his passion to preach is so great that he cannot help but preach. He chose to take care of his financial needs as a tent maker but his passion was preaching. Paul was a free man but was enslaved (bound) to everyone. Paul, a Christian, was bound to both Jews and non-Jews, to both the lawful and the lawless, and to the weak. His passion for preaching to all people was so great that he was willing to adopt to the ways of other people whose values and lifestyles were different. He did not compromise his own values but he was willing to meet people where they were and relate to them so that doors would be open for others to listen to him and hear the message of Jesus Christ proclaimed. As Christians who have truly been seized by God’s love, we share in Paul’s deep passion to share the Good News of Christ with others.

Occasionally I have heard Christians make statements such as, “I am a Christian but I don’t like to push my faith on anyone else.” Conversely, in today’s passage Paul shares his own experience of preaching to encourage the people of Corinth, and us, to develop a passion for sharing our faith with others. He entrenched himself with others and tried to relate with them exactly “where they were”, to build relationships with them and to open opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. How are we positioning ourselves to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in our churches today and in our surrounding communities? As Christians, we should be bold with our actions and words to share the Good News of Jesus. The purpose of the church is not to appease those who attend regularly. The church exists not just as a place where we worship God but as a place where we also learn and grow as disciples who are called to serve and relate to others and to “preach” and share the great news of Jesus Christ with all people.

Dear God, thank you for the apostle Paul and all his teachings which motivate churches today to carry out your mission. Help us to relate to all people, meeting them where they are, so that we can fully share the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ in whose name we pray. Amen.

 
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