In the last chapter, we saw that the stronger Christian should be willing, for the sake of love, to give up his or her liberty if it would cause a weaker Christian to stumble and fall in their faith. The point was that the limit of our liberty is love.
Here in chapter 9, Paul gives a personal example of rights that he gave up so that the gospel would not be hindered in his preaching. It’s an example we can all follow today. We should each limit our rights if they interfere with our witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we look at this passage, ponder this question for yourself: what rights and freedoms do you have that hinder the gospel of Christ?
Let’s dig into the example of limiting rights that Paul gives here. First, he points out a right that “Gospel Workers” have—I am going to use the term, “Gospel Worker,” to refer to a person called into the ministry, such as a pastor or missionary or evangelist—the right to be supported for their gospel work. Continue reading