Devotional: December 5th
1 Corinthians 10:33—The profit of the many, that they may be saved.
Probably the world has never seen a more enthusiastic soul-winner than the great apostle. If he visits a strange town, he will cast out the demon from a possessed girl. If he takes up tent-making, beside an unbelieving Jew and his wife, he will before long have won each for Christ. If he is cast into prison, he will have baptized the jailer before dawn. If he stands before a judge, he will almost persuade him to be a Christian. If he is a prisoner in a hired house, he will speak to all who come to him, and win a runaway slave like Onesimus to Christ, and make him profitable to Philemon. Always and everywhere, he sets himself to win souls.
Here, also, we see how this one passion ruled his behavior in all things. He was willing to yield to men in matters where only his own comfort, but not his conscience, was concerned. He sought to please all men in all things; not seeking his own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved."
Oh for more of this sacred passion!—such as inspired, for instance, the Moravians to expatriate themselves for the sake of the lepers of Table Bay!
A woman at the Presbyterian hospital at Canton, hearing of Christ, and loving Him, asked:
"How long can I live if I remain in the hospital?"
"And how long if I go home?"
"Two months," replied the doctor. "I am going home," she said.
"But," urged the doctor, "you will lose half your life."
"Do you not think I would be glad to give half my life for the sake of telling my people of Jesus?"
And she went home.
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