Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 9:16-17 which reads: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.”
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:
Paul’s boasting wasn’t that he preached the gospel (he had to do that), but that he was able to do it without asking his hearers for support. Remember that Greek culture, which the Corinthian Christians were so approving of, looked its nose down upon all manual labor. Even though the Corinthian Christians seemed to think less of Paul because he worked with his own hands to support himself, Paul was not embarrassed by this at all. He will boast about it!
Paul’s ministry was not just a matter of choice or personal ambition. It was something he was called to do, something he had to do. He did not just have “preacher’s itch.” He was called to preach and felt compelled to fulfill that call.
Our soul winning quote today is from Mother Teresa. She said: “Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 63 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Being the Change You Wish to See In the World (Part 2)
Ministry After Hurricane Katrina
One August 23, 2005, Hurricane Katrina formed in the Atlantic Ocean over the Bahamas and crossed into southern Florida causing damage and death. After going out into the Gulf of Mexico and gaining strength, Katrina crashed into southeast Louisiana and tore its way to central Texas. By the time it had finished, 1,836 people had lost their lives in the hurricane and in subsequent floods, making Katrina one of the deadliest hurricanes in history. Katrina was the largest natural disaster in the history of the United States causing over $100 billion in damage. The most severe loss of life and costliest damage was in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
A disaster relief worker from Ohio told the inspiring story of a man and his family who were displaced by the hurricane. The man, a longtime resident of the New Orleans area, was forced to flee New Orleans like thousands of other people. He and his family packed up the few possessions that were left and moved to northern Louisiana.
There the man was greeted by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief ministry teams offering hot meals, clothing, showers, and other amenities. The government provided shelter for his family in a small trailer.
Within a couple of days of arriving, the family was invited by a disaster relief worker to attend an evening Bible study. The man and his family were not accustomed to worship services and admitted they rarely attended church. Nevertheless, because of the genuine love they had been shown through the disaster relief ministry, they went. Over the next several weeks the man and his family surrendered their lives to Christ. The father was later quoted as stating, “I know it sounds crazy, but I praise the Lord for Katrina…If not for the hurricane, I would never have met Christ…I have lost everything of material value but gained much more in return!”
In our next broadcast, we will continue looking at why evangelism is…Being the Change You Wish to See In the World.