Monday, March 23
Bring people to Christ
Scripture: Joshua 18-20, 1 Corinthians 9
1 Corinthians 9:19–23 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.
Paul wanted to bring people to Christ—many people—as many as he could. To this end, he was willing to do whatever it took—even forsake some of his long-held and cherished convictions (about following the Jewish law)!
- He was a free man with no master, but became the slave of all to bring many to Christ.
- He would live like a Jew to bring Jews to Christ.
- He would live like a Gentile (apart from the Jewish law) to bring Gentiles to Christ.
- He would share the weakness of the weak to bring the weak to Christ.
- He found common ground with everyone, doing everything he could to bring them to Christ.
Paul was willing to adapt, to find common ground, to do whatever it took to bring people to Christ. That was his goal.
And that should be our goal too. Every Christian is under the Great Commission—the command of Jesus to make disciples of all nations. We are called to make disciples, to help people find and follow Jesus. And to do that, we have to find common ground; we have to connect and build relationships because the gospel travels along relational lines. We have to love people so much that we’re willing to do whatever it takes to bring them to Jesus.
I love the v. 23: “I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.” One of the reasons we do everything we can to spread the Good New is because of the blessings it brings: relationship with God, life to the full, forgiveness, belonging, love, joy, peace…the list goes on and on. When you’ve experienced the blessings, you want to share them with others. So…
Find the common ground. Do everything you can to bring people to Christ. Share the blessings!
Prayer: Lord, give us the same passion as Paul to bring others to Christ!