SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 1 Corinthians 9.
“I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.” — 1 Corinthians 9:23
Paul had limited his freedom regarding things he ate, receiving money, marriage, etc. in order to advance the gospel. His was truly a life of love = a life of putting others ahead of himself. He did this voluntarily, but he also had a deep sense of obligation to preach the gospel (vs. 16-18).
I, too, am called to live for the gospel–to do ALL things for the gospel. My agenda is not political or cultural–it is bringing God’s good news to all people.
Father, thank you for the gospel. You have saved me and given me the privilege of proclaiming it to the world. But I also have an obligation to proclaim the gospel. Might I allow nothing to get in the way of this mission. Might I never assert “rights” that keep me from reaching the lost. Might Your gospel spread rapidly through me.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.