For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 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. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. – 1 Corinthians 9:19 – 23
The apostle Paul is my unsuspecting first guest blogger. I think there are some important questions to be asked in relation to his thoughts.
- What is involved with becoming like someone you’re (at least partially) not?
- Paul–who at times was vehemently against following the law–followed the law for the sake of others. Why do we Christians now expect everyone to become like them?
- How far are you willing to push contextualizing the gospel? Would you become like a Jewish person, following the law? A Gentile without the law? How about becoming a Muslim to save Muslims?
- Or push it further would you go somewhere that you may struggle in order to win others for Christ? Strip club? Porn Convention? Shopping mall? Gaming convention?
- In the incarnation, God in Christ became like us to save us. The incarnation of Christ is a unique and unrepeatable event. However, it appears that Paul is saying that he follows incarnational principles when sharing the gospel. What does this look like for you?
What other thoughts or questions were raised when you read the these words? Please let me know below…..