Whatever It Takes

1 Corinthians 9:22 “To the weak became I as weak, that might gain the weak:  I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some.”

This is one of those verses that if you are not careful can be taken way out of context.  This verse does not mean that we give up holiness and the character of Christ in order to win people to Him.

If you were to study the Gospels you would find that the Lord Jesus never changed His character or lowered His standards.  I also want to point to the fact that He never required them to come to Him.  He went to them.  He accepted them where they were.

While the Lord does not want us to change our convictions, I do believe He would desire we embrace our culture.  The personification of Christianity today is that of snobbery.  Rather than embrace people at their level, we expect them to rise to ours.  The problem is that we need to realize we are the same level to anyway.

Paul was willing to change His methods while keeping the same message.  He had the attitude that He would do whatever He could in order to see souls saved.  Somewhere along the line we have created this specific religious mold that expects people to look like us, act like us, and talk like us.  We have made our religious standards and convictions the plum line when the reality is that Jesus should be the plum line.  Paul was willing and able to present to everyone in such a way that He could get to them on their level.

Let’s put this on the bottom shelf.  If you are talking or reaching out to an unchurched person then guess what…they are have no idea what church is all about.  They are not going to understand church talk.  They probably are not going to know what words like “saved” means.  The key is to get the Bread of Life on a level to which they can read it, and reach it.  That is what Paul did.  He brought the Gospel to the level of those He wanted to reach.  He utilized their culture and customs to His advantage.

Prayerfully we will learn to embrace this Bible verse!

Today’s Challenge:  Get the Gospel on the level of those you want to reach.  Ask God to help you embrace them in such a way that your actions, attitude, and language will win them to Christ

Remember:  Our Goal is not trying to get people to be religious; our goal is to get them into a relationship with Christ.  

Going Where Nobody Goes

Romans 15:20 “Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:”

The desire of Paul was to preach the gospel to a group of people that have not heard the gospel.  America is full of ministries that are built on the fruit of another person’s labor.  While this is not entirely a bad thing, we must make sure our drive is to reach a section of people that have not heard it yet.  It should be our desire to reach the people that do not have a church experience. A ministry that has missionary mentality is going to reach all kinds of people.  A ministry that is driven to reaching the “unchurched” is going to appeal to other Christians.  However; we must remember that we are not going to successfully fulfill the Great Commission if we are reaching people that are already Christian.

Ministries today are full of “church hoppers”.  We need ministries that are filled with people that have only known one church, one ministry, and one method.  Paul wanted to reach those that have not been reached.  Please consider the desire of Paul in this verse.  To preach in a place and to a people that are in desperate need of the Gospel.

Today’s Challenge:  Remember that we have been commissioned by God to reach the lost.