On Becoming All Things To All “Men”…..
“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 for totally free and open, Spirit led home fellowship today a dear sister suggested that we look into those verses together. We then spent well 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. Plus God may want us to go to various extremes in order to reach others with the message of grace, truth and love.
We all agreed that our approach to conveying Christ’s 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 other calling we may receive from The Lord on any given day.
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 Jesus’ name. Knowing the bible means nothing if you cannot reach out and literally touch someone’s life and inner being 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 own human abilities and skills.
All in all it was a very 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, but I feel more sorry for those who only get to sit in rows and passively listen to a sermon/monologue instead of being able to fully participate in a lively Spirit led interactive conversation whenever they may gather.
Kirk Out !
P.s. Please pray? I am having the worst PTSD flashbacks in over 4 years. I have only been able to sleep 9 hours since Sunday. Lack of sleep really makes things very difficult for me. This is still not a full blown PTSD episode, but my resources are low and I am very concerned for my well being, as are those close to me. I thank you in advance for your prayers.