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Our history—our journey—will lead us to one of two places. Either we will be filled with pride over what we’ve accomplished and who we’ve become, or we will be filled with shame over our failure to succeed and what we’ve done. But the gospel destroys both those positions. Both pride and shame are uprooted and burnt in the blazing light of the glory of Jesus.
Paul is wanting to safeguard you against some type of mutant missional mindset, where the end justifies the means. "Sleeping around for the gospel" might seem like a bad joke to you, but believe me, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 has been used to justify it.
We ought not to be too hasty in labelling everything 'Law' in fear that it may contradict the balm of grace. Don't write off the commandments of God as being somehow anti-grace and therefore anti-gospel.
Above the drone of the flies around my face, above the sound of the water rushing past, the dogs fighting in the dirt, or the kids playing with a stick, came the resounding truth of God's persistent love.
The stories I read dripped with the gospel. I imagined myself in years to come, filled with sagely advice and keenly attuned sensitivities to the gospel due to this great work we were undertaking. I wanted a story that bled the gospel just like all the ones I was reading.
Being an out-doors type for most of my life, and having grown up in a remote area of Australia, a large number of my stories have scars to match. Some of the scars have faded, and with them, a certain authenticity to the validity of my tale.