For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:16
Paul had just stated that he was willing to do whatever it takes to get the gospel message to the people. He did not want to hinder it from getting to anyone who needs to hear it. Now he states that he must preach the gospel message, regardless of any cost.
People usually look for a benefit in doing something. There has to be a benefit in doing an action, prior to their desiring to do it.
When a person invests money, he expects to receive a significant increase in his investment. When a person exercises, he expects to see immediate results in the workout. The benefit can be a quick, short-term one or a long-term one. If there is no direct benefit, however, he will most likely stop the action and not continue it.
Believers will often do certain actions because they know there are some great benefits to it. However, there are some things, that regardless of what benefits one may or may not receive, it needs to be done.
Preaching the gospel is one action every believer should do, regardless of the benefits. When the gospel is preached, sometimes it will be well received, while other times it may bring on persecution.
Many believers will stop the preaching when the persecution begins. They do not want to receive trouble, yet, the gospel still needs to be preached.
No believer is a believer, unless someone had preached the gospel to him. One must hear, before he can believe.
The preaching of the gospel is just sharing what Jesus did in the life of a believer. Telling others why he believes in Jesus.
One of the great priorities in your life should be to preach the gospel message. There are billions of people in this world who are dying not knowing the salvation Jesus provides. They need a chance to hear the gospel message.
Be willing to share what God is doing in your life with everyone you meet. Do not be the one who did not share, when you had the opportunity. This may be the one reason a person does not get into heaven and goes to hell.
Don’t make your life only about yourself, but about others in telling the gospel message.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that God will remove fear of telling the gospel message; and that God will give you the words to say.