Seeds of the Kingdom 28th April 2022 Daily Devotional || By Ellel Ministries International
Read Thursday Seeds of the Kingdom 28th April 2022 Daily Devotional
TOPIC: To Win As Many As Possible
SCRIPTURE: Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. – 1 Corinthians 9:19, NIV
Seeds Of The Kingdom 28th April 2022 Devotional MESSAGE
We spent the Easter break in the beautiful city of Geneva in Switzerland, which is a melting pot of many cultures living alongside one another. Not a day goes past without one hearing French, German, Italian, English and Eastern European languages being spoken in the street.
I have recently been considering how communication takes place between people of different cultures. I think this is what Paul is talking about in our verse for today, as Corinth in the first century AD was also a melting pot of people of many cultures.
Some cultures will use direct speech in giving feedback, whilst other cultures prefer understatement and a cushioning effect, rather than too direct an approach. Some cultures like to leave a lot unsaid, whilst others like to spell things out in detail.
These differences can sometimes be misunderstood. The direct approach could be seen as rude, whereas the leaving of things unsaid could be interpreted as a lack of understanding or interest.
In trying to pass on the good news of the gospel to others, it would be wise to bear these differences in mind, so that we can convey the joy of the gospel and its lifesaving features as effectively as possible.
The apostle Paul says, ‘to win as many as possible’. Later on, he says, ‘I have become all things to all men, so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22b).
Whilst Jesus was physically present on this earth, He spoke the truth across many a cultural divide, be it in conversation with His disciples, with a Samaritan woman, or in speaking truth to a Roman governor. I pray that we may share His sensitivity towards, and His love for, the incredibly diverse groups of people that make our beautiful world such an interesting place.
Seeds Of The Kingdom 28th April 2022 Devotional PRAYER
Thank You, Lord, that You have made such a beautiful world, not only in the vast kaleidoscope of plant and animal life, but also in the rich diversity of different cultures, even though these cultures sometimes collide in a way that does not please You. Help me to be sensitive to, and appreciative of, the varying needs and potential of the different cultures in this world today. May I be able to effectively speak to those You bring across my path so they may come to know Your truth and love for all mankind. Amen.
Seeds Of The Kingdom 28th April 2022 Daily Devotional written By Graham Slattery; Graham and his wife Lynne live in Liverpool. They have worked at Ellel Grange as Prayer Ministers since 2015 and currently host Explore B. They have 2 grown up children. Graham teaches Latin and Ancient Greek at Secondary School level. His desire is to see more people healed and aware that they are greatly loved and valued by God.