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by Pastor Mark Jordan

“I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!” (1 Corinthians 9:23, MSG) 

This week we’re taking a look at how you can Hero Up! for Christ. Yesterday, we explored how the Apostle Paul was able to enter into all kinds of circumstances while keeping his bearings in Jesus for the sake of showing and sharing the saving love of God. As we continue, I want us to consider the “why”… Jesus! Paul wrote, as we read in today’s verse, that he became just about every sort of servant there is in his attempt to lead people into a God-saved life. Think about how that might look in your life.

Our society is filled with “tribalism” now, as though to say we are divided up into our affinity groups. This can be based on age, race, gender, politics, socioeconomic status, zip code, etc., but really puts a strain on the intent of God to save all people. That is the message, or the good news, to which Paul referred in today’s verse. It is the knowledge that Jesus did what Paul taught — entered into the world to become a servant for all to lead people into a God-saved life. And Jesus did this for all people, as evidenced in the Great Commission when He said to go into all the world.

I love how The Message Version closes out verse 23, “I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it.” And Paul did. He endured insult, imprisonment, torture, shipwrecks, etc., in order to meet people where they are for the sake of sharing a God-saved life. He got in the trenches, and wants you and me to do the same.

What are the proverbial trenches you enter into on an everyday basis where you can show the love and grace of God? Where might God be leading you to proclaim God’s message? Going into all the world begins in your own backyard, so start there and see where God leads as you attempt to lead others into a God-saved life!

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for giving me a life saved in you. Help me to enter the proverbial trenches by following you, and sharing your message of hope and salvation with everyone I meet. I ask this in Jesus’ name.