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Day 5 - “Do you like me?” “Of course, because you are likable.”

Friday, May 24th, 2013

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NIV)

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Reflection:

Paul was free from the expectations of his peers, and he was free to risk. One of the things that made him so effective in ministry was that he did not need the approval of human beings or human laws. The freedom that Paul received in Christ enabled him to become whatever was needed to spread the gospel.

We can also live in this same freedom: a freedom from the needs of personal ambition; a freedom from the fear of failure; and a freedom from the intimidation from opposition in life.  This is a freedom to make commitments; a freedom to stand for that, which is right; and a freedom to love everyone that God loves.

As our lives are filled, delighted and satisfied in Christ we become like Him in every way, just as Paul had become like Christ to others.  With uncompromising love for God, we can change and be more likable to those who don’t know Christ. It is not a change to get their approval, but a change to make it easier for them to see Christ through us.  We are windows and not walls for others to see how incredible Jesus is.

Responding to the message:

Christ has set us free to live a life that will reflect His love to others.  In prayer, let’s lift up those things that have been hindering us from living in this freedom, and receive God’s freedom.  May we become “likable” in Christ to those around us, so that they may see Christ’s love through us.

Day 4 - “Do you like me?” “Yes, because we are changing together.”

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Day 3 - “Do you like me?” “Sometimes…… there is something different about you.”

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Day 2 - “Do you like me?” “Maybe…..”

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Day 1 - “Do you Like Me?” “No, because you want something from me.”

Monday, May 20th, 2013