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Sharing Blessings

And this has a real advantage: I am not bound to obey anyone just because he pays my salary; yet I have freely and happily become a servant of any and all so that I can win them to Christ. When I am with the Jews I seem as one of them so that they will listen to the Gospel and i can win them to Christ. When I am with Gentiles who follow Jewish customs and ceremonies I don't argue, even though I don't agree, because I want to help them. When with the heathen I agree with them as much as i can, except of course that I must always do what is right as a Christian. And so, by agreeing, I can win their confidence and help them too.

When I am with those whose consciences bother them easily, I don't act as though I know it all and don't say they are foolish; the result is that they are willing to let me help them. Yes, whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him. I do this to get the Gospel to them and also for the blessing I my self receive when I see them come to Christ. 1 Corinthians 9: 19-23 (TLB)

Linda Chandra lives in Banten, Indonesia. She began visiting a young woman who lived in a poor, run-down part of town. She had been ill and in bed for days, and she did not have anyone to take care of her. Every time Linda visited, she asked her to sing a song and read the Bible to her.

On each visit, she listened quietly and never spoke. then one day she whispered to me. "Thank you for treating me like a human being. I can feel the love of Jesus this week. Please ask him to receive me as his daughter. I trust that Jesus is my Savior, and I want to receive him before I go home. Please ask Jesus to bring me to my eternal home in heaven."

Not long after praying, she went home to her Father in heaven. The apostle Paul wrote that he wanted to make himself a slave to everyone even though he was free. He did this for the sake of the gospel and so shared in its blessings. Jesus wants us to use our great potential as a blessing for many people, not for our own sake but for the sake of the gospel.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for opportunities to serve you and to show your love to others, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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