1 Corinthians 9:14-27
New King James Version
15 But (C)I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for (D)it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void. 16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for (E)necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 For if I do this willingly, (F)I have a reward; but if against my will, (G)I have been entrusted with a stewardship. 18 What is my reward then? That (H)when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel [a]of Christ without charge, that I (I)may not abuse my authority in the gospel.
Serving All Men
19 For though I am (J)free from all men, (K)I have made myself a servant to all, (L)that I might win the more; 20 and (M)to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the [b]law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 (N)to (O)those who are without law, as without law (P)(not being without [c]law toward God, but under [d]law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 (Q)to the weak I became [e]as weak, that I might win the weak. (R)I have become all things to all men, (S)that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.
Striving for a Crown
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? (T)Run in such a way that you may [f]obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize [g]is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for (U)an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: (V)not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 (W)But I discipline my body and (X)bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become (Y)disqualified.Read full chapter