1 Corinthians 9
19 Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ.
I was with the Jews,
I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ.
When I was with those who follow the Jewish law,
I too lived under that
Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could
bring to Christ those who are under the law.
21 When I
am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law,
I too live apart
from that law so I can bring them to Christ.
But I do not ignore the
law of God;
I obey the law of Christ.
I am with those who are weak,
I share their weakness,
for I want to
bring the weak to Christ.
Yes, I try to find common ground with
doing everything I can to save some.
23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.
24 Don't you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize?
So run to win!
athletes are disciplined in their training.
They do it to win a prize
that will fade away,
but we do it for an eternal prize.
26 So I run with purpose in every step.
I am not just shadowboxing.
discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.
Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be
This is Paul's "I am all things to all people" thinking.
think what Paul is basically saying here is that he tried to build some
sort of common ground with everyone, building a connect, a vibe, with
them for a very simple reason - to be ready for the opportunity to share
with them who Jesus is & what it all means to him & them.
I wonder if we live that way?
seems Christians spend a lot of time trying to separate themselves from
"the world" so as to not me defiled or tainted by it & the sin that
is so rampant in it.
But Paul seems to say that we don't need to
be so prissy & precious. He seems to indicate here that we need to
jump into the river of life in the world, live our lives around all
kinds of people, & wait for the Lord to bring us an opportunity to
share with them who Jesus is.
Does any of that which I just wrote make sense?
We Christians sometimes give the impression that we want to live in enclaves of fellow believers, doing business with Christians, & sort of insulating ourselves from the rest of the world.
Paul seems to indicate here a life of just the opposite. He suggests we
are called to jump into the fray & be connected with the very
people we've come to minister to.
Anyway, enough about what I'm seeing here - tell me what you think?