If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward;1 if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.218
What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge,3 and so not make use of my rights4 in preaching it.
Though I am free5 and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone,6 to win as many as possible.720
To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews.8 To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law),9 so as to win those under the law.
To those not having the law I became like one not having the law10 (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law),11 so as to win those not having the law.
To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.12 I have become all things to all men13 so that by all possible means I might save some.1423
I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?15 Run16 in such a way as to get the prize.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown17 that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.1826
Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly;19 I do not fight like a man beating the air.2027
No, I beat my body21 and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.22