To me, this is the true essence of pioneering; finding solutions for problems and challenges; making a road where there is no road. There are many who say they pioneered or are pioneering churches, but in fact they sat/ sit there lonely, overcome by challenges. The true pioneer takes a project through all its obstacles to success. If you think you have arrived, you haven't even begun.
TEXT: I Cor. 9 (25)
BR: I Cor. 9 (19-27)
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
The authority of a master : dominion; The upper hand in a contest or competition : superiority, ascendancy; possession or display of great skill or technique.
Skill or knowledge that makes one master of a subject : command.
INTRO: There are many passages of scripture that instruct us to work at improving ourselves in every area of our lives. Besides instances like Paul saying “grow in the grace and knowledge of God,” etc., the II Epistle of Peter begins by telling us that the knowledge of God has given us ALL THINGS that pertain unto life and godliness, and that God has called us to Glory and Virtue.
THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT!! He has given us ALL!! But then he says (5) “Beside this.........???” I have to do something too? Yes, here’s few of those things we must do.
- ...make great efforts to achieve or obtain something
(5) Beside this, GIVING ALL DILIGENCE...
DILIGENCE means... careful and persistent work or effort
So these things listed don’t just come “bundled” in a package that comes with being saved nor with having the knowledge of God.
II Peter1 says to be diligent in “adding” to your faith. You must do this...
Look at verse 8
*You must do this to be fruitful
*You must do this to ensure the stability of your calling and election
*You must do this to get to heaven (11)
*You must do this to keep from FALLING (10)
( ) ...so run that ye may obtain
2 Pet. 1 (9) “He that lacketh...”
This man isn’t going to obtain anything, because he’s moving backward; he lacks them, because he hasn’t ADDED them, or he FORGOT them.
He had no obligation to anyone (I Cor. 9:19) “though I be free from all men.” Yet he became a servant, and did whatever was necessary in terms of self-restraint, to reach others. He wasn’t a tin-pot dictator with a bully-pulpit, he actually LOVED and therefore SERVED.
- You must strive lawfully
2 Tim. 2 (1-5)
“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.”
See 26 and 27
*Incorruptible crown (eternity minded)
*Some people fight but fight uncertainly (26)
*When a punch misses, it takes strength out of you
I KEEP UNDER my BODY
(I KEEP MY BODY UNDER) He restrained himself from even things it was okay to do, if it helped someone else.