Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 9.
“To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak.
I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.
1 Corinthians 9:22
As I sat at the lunchroom table, a nervous freshman, I watched the older girls and began to wonder things like . . .
I want blond hair like her.
I wish I was confident like her.
Will I be as popular as her when I’m a senior?
After a few weeks of just sitting and wondering, I made the decision that if I wanted what she had then I had to be like she was. So I began to dress like that girl. Then I sat close enough to hear her conversations so that I could emulate her words, her tone, and even her hand gestures.
The harder I tried to become everything she was, the more I lost myself.
I was no longer myself, I was just being a bad version of the girl I barely knew.
In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul states that he “became all things to all men,” yet I don’t think he began to shadow others just for the sake of becoming like them. He didn’t make accommodations in his messages. He didn’t adapt or soften the language he used. Instead, Paul adapted the manner in which he approached those who he wanted to share the Gospel with in order to reach those God sent him to.
The reason Paul became all things to all people was that he wanted all people to believe the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Paul familiarized himself with the ways of others in order to reach them for Christ.
- He became weak . . to reach the weak.
- He became a servant . . . to reach more souls.
- He became like the Gentiles . . . to reach the Gentiles.
- He became like those under the law . . . to reach those under the law.
Paul did his best to become a part of the lives of those he served so he could more fully share the faith of Christ with them.