The world at large asks: What’s in it for me? Doesn’t this sound somewhat self-centered? I know that I find my motivation is less than worthy …and if I am honest it is most of the time. Paul takes me front and center and then begins to probe. Just as he asked the Corinthians to look beneath the façade of their work both in and outside the church, so he does to me as I sit reading his letter to them. He is really asking me to stop and ask myself this question: What is this the reason you serve Christ? WHY do you do what you do? This question began to open my eyes and mind. All of us need to be asking why do I share the gospel message?
It is as if Paul is standing before us. Here are his reasons point by point for sharing the gospel message in vs 19 to 22.
He wants to gain more people for the kingdom and free them from the wrath of God. He has the secret; “the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” [Rom 1] He is humbled that Jesus Christ blessed him with the gospel message as a free gift. Lastly, he wants to stand before Christ one day and hear “well done thou good and faithful servant.” He looks forward to receiving an imperishable crown from His hand for his service.. And it is because of these reasons that he would do whatever it took to win them for Jesus.
So what is my problem? I think I will go and get motivated.