Friday, April 18, 2014

1 Corinthians 9:22

1 Corinthians 9:22 – 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.

Paul had made up his mind. He was sold out for Christ. His life meant nothing to except to win as many as possible to Jesus. “I have become all things to all men so that by all means I might save some.” He had it figured out.
For so many years the church has had certain qualifications to be a Christian. Don’t get me wrong, there are standards that as Christians we should live by, but it is an attitude of the heart and not an appearance in the natural. We are to Love God and Love people. Instead we have spent years trying to conform non-believers to act like us; to dress a certain way, to act a certain way, all before they could come to church.
On top of that we would expect non-believers to come to us instead of going to them. If we look at Jesus life we see He did teach in the temple courts, but He spent most of His time with the people. It didn't matter who they were or where they came from, Jesus wanted to spend time with them. So much so that He was accused of “eating with tax collectors and sinners.” Jesus didn't care about His reputation. Now in all this Jesus never sinned, but that never stopped Him from going to where the sinners were. Here we see Paul continuing in this spirit of Love when he says, “I have become all things to all men.”
Friends, I implore you, the time for waiting is over. Don’t expect the lost to come to you, but get out there and go to them. Spend time with these people and Love on them. Find ways to hang out with them. If you truly Love the lost you will be more concerned with their eternity than your social standing.

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