1 Corinthians 9:16 (TPT)
16 For you see, even though I proclaim the good news, I can’t take the credit for my labours, for I am compelled to fulfil my duty by completing this work. It would be agony to me if I did not constantly preach the gospel!
In the context of the passage, it is clear that Paul has an inner conviction to preach the gospel. You can hear the burden and the urgency of his expression ‘it would be agony to me if I did not constantly preach the gospel!’.
How many of us live with this urgency and weightiness of the gospel’s importance? How often is sharing the gospel snuffed out by our busyness, our insecurity about what others might think about us and our own ambivalence to the gospel in the individualistic society that we live in?
Paul’s conviction to preach the gospel came from a life transforming encounter with Jesus. During this encounter, Paul received a revelation of Jesus’ Lordship – think bright lights and a voice from heaven, literally. (Acts 9:1-9).
Paul obviously had a powerful testimony of being saved by Jesus. He writes on many occasions of his testimony, ‘even though I was once a blasphemer, a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy’ (1 Timothy 1:13).
Now I realise that not all of us might have a radical conversion story like Paul, but each of us have a unique and distinct testimony of how God has saved us from our sin and made us into a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Take some time to reflect on your walk with Jesus.
What do you find compelling about Jesus and His Kingdom?
What do you love about Jesus?
How has Jesus changed the way you live?
As we take the time to consider the way that Jesus has changed the way we live and the way we see the world, the gospel will naturally flow out of us. Lord Jesus, draw to our minds your saving grace and goodness in our lives. Strengthen our inner conviction about your Lordship and your kingdom and reveal yourself to others through our words and actions. Amen.
Written by Sam Liu