Freely

Psalm 147:1–11; 1 Corinthians 9:16–23

Psalm 147 opens up fully. It really is good to g praise to God. Every worship leader hopes that it is the pleasure of everyone who attends (whether physically or online) finds it a pleasure to praise God through ging.

Of course, the psalmist is a songwriter/performer, so is obviously a tad biased towards this form of praise. There is indeed something ful about music. On the other hand, there are plenty of people who find their best time of worship and praise through prayer or stillness.

The of worship is ing God. A that s God, worships God. Those people fully for the next experience of God’s ful love.

The expectation of experiencing God’s ful love produces a response that can seem odd to a person who does not believe the same. Paul has such an expectation. That is part of what motivates his approach to his (Christ directed) to the .

Paul’s response to God’s ful love? Share the freely. Not only freely in regard to cost, but also freely to whomever, and freely however.

In many respects, the whomever and however continue to be a problem in regard to sharing the gospel. In some somewhere, someone is saying, “Let’s not the with those people.” In another (or maybe the same one), someone is saying, “We just can’t do it that way.”

It’s easy to say, “Paul would…,” but the reality is that we don’t know what Paul would have done. We can only at the “” of Paul as seen through his s.

We are often quite ready to put boundaries on many things in our lives. With whom and how (granted, without changing the Truth) however, the fewer boundaries we place the more likely we are to be where God already is.

※Reflection※

※Prayer※

Lord, may we find ways to the Gospel that builds bridges of and love. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.