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By David H. Snyder The title of this editorial is the 2014 theme of Baptist International Missions, Inc. It is our desire to be Christ's servants for the sake of the Gospel. The idea for this theme comes from 1 Corinthians 9:16–27, which challenges us about our Commission, our Choice and our Crown. First, there is a Commission to be obeyed. In Mark 16:15 Jesus said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (emphasis added). The message we are to proclaim is the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Paul stated that he carried a sanctified burden—an urgent necessity to preach David H. Snyder the Gospel (1 Corinthians President/General Director 9:16). He knew he had nothing to glory of in preaching the message of Christ's death, burial and resurrection. Paul's message was not about himself but about his Savior Who became a servant to 2 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2014 all the world so that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). The Gospel is the message of hope to a lost and dying world. Unlike the message of false teachers, Christians have a message that actually brings eternal life. Because Christ lives, mankind can live. Thus, it is crucial that we take upon ourselves the sanctified burden of the Apostle Paul. We must be obedient to the Great Commission—proclaiming the wonderful truth of Christ's Gospel to the entire world. Second, as we are reminded about the Commission to be obeyed, we understand there is a Choice to be made. Paul made the deliberate choice to become a servant. He said, “I made myself servant unto all” (1 Corinthians 9:19). Obviously, this meant sacrificial service. No matter whom Paul was with, he wanted them to be saved. This truth can be seen in the following verses: And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to