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On Becoming All Things……

October 27, 2013

Greetings,

“Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.  To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews.  To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.  To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.  To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.  I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”  1 Corinthians 9: 19-22

When we gathered here for fellowship today a dear sister suggested that we look into these verses together.  We then spent over an hour discussing this passage and what we collectively saw in it.  The discussion was lively, very deep and even included some gems of wisdom from a 14 year old.  As we wrestled with Paul’s words together it became abundantly clear to us that it is very important that we remain flexible in the hands of God.  That God may want us to go to various extremes in order to reach others with the message of grace, truth and love.

We agreed that our approach to conveying His message may vary greatly from person to person and that a cookie cutter application of the Gospel will rarely, if ever, work.  Our study also reaffirmed that winning others to Christ is a vitally important aspect of being an everyday Christ follower and that becoming all things to all men is something Jesus still wants us to do even in this day and age.  Everyone in the room freely admitted that they fell short of the ideal in this area, but we also all agreed that we would like to do better in the future.  Becoming weak or vulnerable for the sake of others takes some serious self denial and that is never easy, but neither is any calling from God.

Most of all we agreed that sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit in each and every situation was key to reaching those yet to fully know Jesus.  All the bible verses in the world pale in comparison to a simple cup of cold water given in His name. Knowing the bible means nothing if you cannot reach out and literally touch someone with the truth in love.  Many times a simple hug or listening ear will speak volumes more than a clever bible quote.  Someone also pointed out that in every situation who God calls, He also equips.  Being an effective Christ follower is never confined by natural ability.  In fact it is always based on availability to His call rather than our human abilities and skills.

All in all it was a wonderful time in Christ together and to top it all off we feasted on roasted rosemary pork loin, garlic mashed potatoes, baked beans with mega bacon, deviled eggs, and an assorted fruit and cheese plate.  I feel sorry for those who only take communion with a tiny cracker and a thimble of juice.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

 

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3 Comments
  1. Gary Graham permalink

    Amen!

  2. "BK" permalink

    “Most of all we agreed that sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit in each and every situation was key to reaching those yet to fully know Jesus.” That really is the key, amen & amen. “Being an effective Christ follower is never confined by natural ability”, again, amen. There is a saying in the recovery world that if someone hasn’t walked in their shoes, you really can’t relate or help them. I was praying about that one day when I thought of the verse in Hebrews 4 where it says Jesus was tempted in all points like us and even though He didn’t sin, He still is touched by the feeling of our infirmities. I felt like He spoke to me and said it doesn’t really matter where anyone has walked; the same Spirit that showed Him what those feelings are like whether He yielded to the sin or not can enable us to know where someone is and how they feel, even if we haven’t ‘been there’. I liked that and have found it so. Great stuff! “BK”

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