I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you.
What motivates you? What takes all your energy, dominates your time, and makes you tick? For the apostle Paul, it was the progress of the gospel. What might happen to his own body or career was of little consequence to him. In Acts 20:24 he said, “Nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I May finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus.” He yielded up his life, possessions, clothes, recognition, reputation, and prestige to one goal: “to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.”
To the church in Rome Paul wrote, “I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also” (Rom. 1:15). And in 1 Corinthians 9:16 he testifies to what…
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