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Pastor Lud Golz
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We’ve been studying 1 Corinthians 9:19, which is my life’s verse. Not often does a verse in the Bible break down into three neat points like this verse does. 1. I am free from all men. 2. I choose to serve all. 3. I do this so that I might win more. The first point is an observation that is true for everyone. The second point is an expression of choice. The third point declares an expected outcome. I’ve amplified the first two points. Now let’s amplify the third: the expected outcome. No one likes to be neglected. Yet many feel awkward if someone reaches out to help them. But when someone does, it often touches them deeply. Earlier today I was talking to a man who has been attending our church for some time. He was hurting deeply but had put off asking to meet with me. During our conversation he reminded me of a previous incident when we talked after a service. He mentioned he listened to and appreciated my radio program. I thanked him and asked him to pray for me. This startled him. He thought to himself that if I as a leader asked someone to pray for me, maybe it was okay for him to ask for help. It took him some months to bring himself to ask if we could meet. Before we parted he prayed to receive Jesus Christ as his Savior. Though Paul was free from all men, he felt that if he intentionally served others there would be some who would respond and turn to the One who motivated Paul to serve. He made this choice so that he “might win more.” I feel the same. Do you? Let me encourage you to reflect on this powerful verse and apply the principle to your life.


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