Saving Souls through Jesus Christ

The Marvelous Mission only through our Lord Jesus Christ

DAILY DEVOTIONS

11/1/2023

The Marvelous Mission only through our Lord Jesus Christ

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 9:22

In 1 Corinthians 9:22, the Apostle Paul shows his strong commitment to ensuring that the message of the Gospel reaches as many people as possible. He highlights the significance of connecting with individuals in a manner that resonates with them, making it easier for them to comprehend and accept the message of salvation. This verse essentially teaches us that Paul was willing to adapt his approach when sharing the Gospel. He recognized that not everyone is the same, and what might work for one person may not work for another. So, he was ready to meet people where they were and engage with them on their terms, always with the goal of conveying the life-transforming message of salvation through Christ.

Why did Jesus choose disciples?

Jesus chose disciples to ensure His mission would carry on, His teachings would be passed down, and the Good News would be shared with the entire world. This is evident in passages like Matthew 4:18-22 and Matthew 28:18-20.

What does the Bible say about Jesus' mission and the mission He entrusted to His apostles?

The Bible reveals that Jesus came with a mission to seek and save the lost, as stated in Luke 19:10. He then entrusted His apostles with the task of spreading the Gospel and making disciples of all nations, as outlined in Matthew 28:19-20. This highlights the continuation of Jesus' mission through His chosen followers.

Why did Paul say to become a servant of all to save some, what is Paul's aim?

This question is very important; Paul's aim is crucial. He adapted to different people to win them over and save them. His goal was to share the message of Jesus (gospel) effectively. He became like Jews, lawless ones, and the weak, all to connect with them and bring them to faith. Paul's purpose was clear: to win people for Christ. He emphasized this aim, stating that he became all things to all men, using various means to save some. His actions teach us the importance of adapting to help others understand and embrace the message of salvation. As believers, we should share this same aim, seeking to win and save others by reaching out to them in ways they can relate to and understand through Jesus Christ.

One last question, saved from what?

The main aim of Paul adapting to different people is to save them from God's wrath. He emphasizes this purpose in 1 Corinthians 9:22: I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some" from God's wrath. The gospel message offers salvation from this divine anger. In Romans 5:9, Paul clarifies that through faith in Christ's sacrifice, we are saved from God's wrath. This is the central focus of his efforts. The good news is that God has provided a way to rescue us from His own wrath. As 1 Thessalonians 1:10 mentions, Jesus delivers us from the impending divine judgment.

In Bible, we can see the story of Apostle Peter, who used to act quickly without thinking but went through a remarkable transformation into a powerful leader and speaker. This change happened after he had a life-altering encounter with Jesus. It's a powerful illustration of how encountering Christ can bring about profound changes in people's lives. This transformation can be found in the book of Acts, in a passage from Acts 2:14-41. In these verses, we see Peter standing up in front of a large crowd and fearlessly proclaiming the message of Jesus. He spoke with such conviction and clarity that thousands of people were deeply moved and wanted to follow Jesus, too. Peter's journey from thoughtless to powerful serves as a testament to the transformative power of faith and encountering Jesus. It shows us that when we allow Christ into our lives, we can experience positive changes and become strong, purposeful individuals, capable of inspiring and leading others.

This devotional thought discussed how the apostle Paul, approached his mission to share the gospel with people. Paul's motivation was not driven by money or asserting his rights, but rather by the desire to experience the joy of others coming to know Christ. He saw his identity as deeply rooted in Christ, transcending cultural and ethnic boundaries. As an apostle of Christ, he adapted to various cultures while challenging their norms, all the while maintaining his heavenly citizenship. Paul's mission aimed to gain people for Christ, regardless of their background. His method involved becoming like the people he sought to reach, all while preserving the core message of the gospel. Ultimately, he hoped for the inexplicable miracle of seeing people transformed into lifelong Christlike through their encounter with Christ.

Jesus' mission was one of salvation and reconciliation, and He extended this mission to His apostles, charging them with the significant task of spreading the Gospel to every corner of the world. This was a demonstration of His boundless love and desire for all people to have the opportunity to know Him and experience the hope and transformation He offers.

We are meant to stand as beacons of light, guiding others towards the truth, love, and righteousness that Christ represents. Our actions, words, and deeds should radiate this light, helping to dispel the darkness of ignorance, despair, and sin that can surround us. In a world that often struggles with moral decay and spiritual blindness, our purpose is clear: to live in a way that reflects God's love and truth, demonstrating a compelling alternative to the prevailing darkness. As beacons of light and preservers of God's values, we have a vital role to play in making the world a better place and pointing people towards the transformative power of Christ's teachings.

If we make Jesus our foundation and see His kingdom as our main home, and we are aware that we are a visitor no matter where we are, and if we are more interested in sharing the good news of Jesus and the happiness it brings to others than in money or power, then we will be a great help to our community and a good choice for the special role of becoming a Christ like.

It is our duty to teach our family through the power of Holy Spirit. When we teach our children about compassion and understanding, the Holy Spirit can guide them in doing so. He helps them see the importance of being loving and helpful to others. We can pray and ask the Holy Spirit to work in our children's hearts, helping them show God's love through their actions. The Holy Spirit empowers them to be kind, patient, and gentle in their interactions with others. So, let's encourage our kids to rely on the Holy Spirit to grow in understanding and compassion and become more like Jesus in their daily lives.

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, help us become all things to all people, just as Jesus did, who came down to become human for us to share His love and the message of salvation. Then the disciples of Christ and followers of Christ, like Paul. May we shine as lights in a dark world and preserve Your values. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit to love like Christ. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen

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