DISCIPLINED TO WIN

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 1 Corinthians 9:19-22

For what reward are you willing to make yourself do something you wouldn't otherwise do? Said another way, at what point is it worth it to you to sacrifice? Men make these decisions all the time when it comes to decisions like career path, family direction, and matters of faith. Paul illustrates a fool-proof way to make sacrificial choices by working backward. 

The goal for Paul was winning others to Christ. To do this, he chose to sacrifice freedoms he was otherwise free to exercise. It was not necessary for him to be a Jew, under the law, or weak. Paul sacrificed as the situation demanded, he disciplined himself to win others to Christ. He had defined boundaries, Christ's law, but outside of that did all he could to lead people to a saving faith in Jesus. 

Be like Paul. Discipline your preferences so that if someone were to stumble over you, Jesus would be their only objection. Be known most for mission-critical matters of faith and let the rest go for the sake of others. 

DO THIS TODAY: Start thinking more like Paul. 

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