1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
There are many ministries out there today. Some of them are great humanitarian works. Some are wonderful evangelistic endeavors. Some are simply excuses for living in sin and calling it of God. I read not too long ago in our local paper of a man who opened a bar called “The Bible Bar.” The Article said he hoped when people came for a drink, he could witness to them. Therefore, his theory seems to be, feed them with their addiction and win them to Christ.
People say they can work within sinful occupations and not sin. How can this be? If you are not leading people to Christ with your life and actions, you are leading them away from Christ. Imagine this. I am standing in the center of a room, and you are standing at the door of that room. Can you go into the room and out of the room at the same time and still arrive where I am? The Answer is obvious, of course not. To get to me you would need to come in the room. One, only one direction leads to me. Neither can you lead someone out of and into sin at the same time. In today’s verse Paul says he keeps himself under subjection. Meaning he watched what he said, what he did, and where he went. He did this so no one could ever say, “Paul’s testimony is the same as mine, so why do I need Christ.” If they could say their testimonies were the same, it could make all the things Paul preached about Christ untrustworthy, and his words could be cast off as unbelievable.
We are responsible for how and where we lead people in the name of Christ. Where are you leading people today?
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Heard that before? Well, let’s change it just a bit. Today is the first day of your testimony. That is a fact. What you do today, people will remember for a long time. So, what are you going to do with your testimony today? Does it glorify God?
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Daniel 8 / Psalm 97 / Proverbs 21 / 1 Corinthians 9, 10
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Isa. 45-48 / Col. 4
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director