Extra mile for the sake of the Gospel
ECHOES OF REVIVAL
TOPIC: Extra Mile for the Sake of the Gospel
TEXT: 2 Corinthians 11:23–26
1 Corinthians 9:23, “I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” (NIV)
Extra mile is an unpopulated wasteland; it is a lonely place but a place of opportunity and fulfillment. Very few people go there and they don’t come back. People who will achieve great success as the New Year unfolds are people who will consistently ask themselves this question: What extra mile can I do? Extra mile is usually not easy and painful but it rewards significantly.
Paul went extra mile for the sake of the Gospel. Paul was always more than happy to share good news about Jesus Christ to anyone that would listen. Paul said that he is not ashamed to take the gospel of Christ to the streets despite the shame he has been put through for the sake of the gospel.
What is it that preaching the gospel has cost Paul? 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 threw light on what it has cost Paul for the sake of the gospel. Paul was mad for the gospel, labored more than others for the gospel, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. Paul was beaten three times with the roman rods for the cause of preaching Christ; the Jewish leaders gave him thirty-nine lashes on his body, he was stoned and three times he was shipwrecked.
For the sake of the gospel, Paul had slept in the sea for a day and night; he had been blasted with cold because of lack of clothing to cover his body; gone hungry and thirsty countless times; spent sleepless lonely nights; faced robbers who made away with his personal belongings; faced dangers in the cities, sea and deserts; he had been betrayed by people who claim to be fellow believers; embarked on long hours journey and had faced danger from his own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles whom he went to preach to.
To go extra mile for the sake of the Gospel, we must be willing to pay the price no matter what it may cost us. The Gospel cost the early apostles and missionaries their lives yet they counted it not as loss but gain. For Paul, he was willing to put up with anything for the sake of the Gospel. Paul even denied himself the right of receiving financial entitlement for the sake of the Gospel. Paul said, “…. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ” (1 Corinthians 9:12b).
We should give our full commitment for the sake of the gospel and no half measures are allowed. Preaching the gospel is a trust committed to all believers in Christ. For Paul, he said he would rather die than not preaching the gospel. Paul said, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16b).
Going extra mile for sake of the gospel will cost us subjecting our flesh under discipline but it has eternal reward. Paul said that we discipline our body for the sake of the Gospel so that we will get a crown that will last forever (1 Corinthians 9:25b).
We should firmly defend and stand out for the Gospel. When it is attacked, defend it with the truth (Sword of the Gospel). Don’t keep quiet when the Gospel is under attack. You don’t fight but speak up. Let your voice be heard and don’t be afraid of public opinion and people speaking profanity against the gospel. Jesus said, if you are ashamed of Him, He will be ashamed of you in Heaven.
Today’s Nugget: Go Extra Mile for the Sake of the Gospel
Prayer: Lord, help to stand out for the Gospel of Christ
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Dr. Chidi Okoroafor
Assemblies of God Nigeria