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Live To Please God

Key Verse

“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!” (1 Corinthians 9:16).

TEXT — 1 Corinthians 9:16-19


Many people go through life without ever recognising the special gift God has deposited in them. As a result, they fail to fulfil their singular purpose for being. They may achieve great things in other areas of life, but before God, their lives have been a waste. They live without meeting His expectations.

Apostle Paul was never going to be one who lived like that. He had a special gift from God, to preach the gospel. The Lord singled him out as “a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15). Whatever else he accomplished in other spheres of human endeavour, his true calling was to spread the word about the Lord Jesus Christ, especially to audiences that could be closed to other preachers. To Paul, therefore, there was nothing to be proud about for taking the salvation message to the Gentile world. He considered it a necessity that would attract severe retribution from God, should he fail to preach.

Obeying God willingly attract rewards. Apostle Paul also knew that preaching Christ in season and out of season was a necessary commitment, well pleasing to God. He resolved not to withhold his gift and the opportunity presented to him, but to utilise it fully and freely. He would assume the toga of a servant to all men, so as to influence more people to come into the Kingdom.

Whatever gift we possess in life is an investment made by God to enable us fulfil His purpose on earth. We must be driven by the yearning to please Him by doing what He desires of us and properly utilising our divine endowments. This is what brings meaning and true fulfilment to life. Anything else will amount to living a wasted life.

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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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