Daily Dose, May 8 — Early Believers

“For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

What is freedom?

True freedom is what we experience when we give it all to Christ. Paul said, “I am free…,” yet he also said, “I have become all things to all people….”

So often when we think of freedom, our independent natures perk up. We can even take it to the extreme with an attitude that because we are “free” no one can tell us what to do. We get to be our own boss -- do whatever we want, whenever we want. That kind of thinking is the furthest thing from Paul’s mind. When Paul writes of freedom, it is of one who is no longer a slave to sin -- someone free!

With that freedom, he is now free to reach out to people, no matter where he finds them. No matter their place in life, no matter what they have done. He has one purpose, one goal and that is to share Jesus.

Paul knew what we know. What people need, the greatest gift we can give is to give them Jesus. We are free to meet them wherever they are and offer love, grace and mercy.

Who can you reach out to today? --Rev. Terri Henkel