|“Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.” E.M. Bounds
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more.” 1 Corinthians 9:19
Twice in this chapter Paul reminds the Corinthians that he is free. This freedom in Christ allowed Him to become “a slave to all, that I might win the more.” He would do anything short of sin and violating his conscience to identify with the lost in order to win them to Christ. He said, “To the Jew I became a Jew.” 339 In Christ Paul lost his identity with the Jewish race; he was now a citizen of heaven. Free from Judaism, free from the Law, free from any tie with the world, Paul could now concentrate on being an effective witness for Christ.
Both your slavery and your freedom reflect your values. You can be free from all restraints, but you will use people because you are a slave to your appetites and desires. Freedom can only come to those who serve. You cannot use people and be free. Paul was free from all men simply because he decided to be the slave of all. The two go together. Either you will be enslaved by your inability to meet your own expectations and fulfill your hope, or you will become a slave of Christ. “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”340 This is the freedom known by Paul and the only true freedom possible for anyone.
People seek to be free by being different, wearing strange hairstyles and clothes, only to find that they dress and look just like all those who think like them. When you “become all things to all men, that you might by all means save some,” you find a freedom found only in Christ.
339 1 Corinthians 9:20
Proverbs 16-18 2 Corinthians 6 (New King James Version)
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