Wednesday, December 21, 2016

all things to all people

Paul talked about being “all things to all people” in this passage.

Is it just me, or does it seem that there is little to no emphasis on this nowadays?

Instead we seem to emphasis more of a person's “becoming like us” as a means to God & a connection with us Christians.

That seems odd to me because that's not what was ask of me, or probably you, when we became Christ followers.

We were probably brought into connection with Christians, loved as the sinners we are, & slowly drawn in to choosing to believe in Jesus as our Savior.

The question isn't should we be “all things to all people”.

The bigger question is HOW should we be “all things to all people” to the folks we come in contact with each day.

Anyway, here's Paul thinking to the followers of Jesus in Corinth...

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.

20 When 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 law.

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.

  22 When 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 everyone, 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!

25 All 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.

27 I 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 disqualified.

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