1 Corinthians 9:17
For if I do this work of my own free will, then I have my pay (my reward); but if it is not of my own will, but is done reluctantly and under compulsion, I am [still] entrusted with a [sacred] trusteeship and commission.
Paul is, once again, splitting hairs. In the prior verse, he recognizes that he NEEDS to preach the gospel. Here, he points out that the only choice he sees is how WILLING he is to do so. Willingness to do God’s will brings a reward.
Action / Application
I’m reminded of Job, who ended up doing God’s will grudgingly instead of willingly. We all have a job to do. Will I do my job willingly and receive the reward God has for me?
Lord, help me to keep a willing heart toward the tasks that you have given to me.