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1 Corinthians 9 : 22. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.
We certainly have a task at hand. Our strengths, our learning and our training should now be coming into place, so that the Good News of the Gospel can be preached to all people. The notion that we need to "know more, have more or go more" has lost credibility. We can now see on looking back - these were all pretty much lame excuses for not wanting to do anything - and certainly not to put ourselves out, leave our comfort zones or be adventurous. Paul was challenging the Christian's in Corinth, for them to
recognise in him, the challenge of "winning some" and that this was indeedhis highest and most important call in life. For all his learning, all his exploits and extremely hazardous missions - he says this: 1 Cor 9 : 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in his blessings. It was all for one purpose - the sake of the Gospel. There are blessingstoo, and Paul wants us to know that when we step out in faith and start to exercise the gifts that God has given us, with the sole intention of "winning some" then we too will share in the blessings of the Gospel. But I hear you ask "How?" How can I do life, that is so full, so time consuming and so tiring - and still "win some" for Christ? And, of course life is all those things. The Christian who is convinced of the call of Christ on his or her life, will certainly face the challenge of time management, family commitments, Church activities, and a whole host of financial pressures. There doesn't seem to be enough time in the day, and certainly not enough days in the week. The year rushes past, and we now see 2019 on the horizon, and we question whether we have "done all, to win some" or not.
Some of you may have heard me using this rather unusual adage "Blessed are the flexible, for they will not be bent out of shape."
Funny as it is (and I always see a smile on people's faces when I say it) there is a truth to it as well. To win the lost, there are four things that we need to be flexible about, and that flexibility will inevitably mean a change of ways, a diversion in direction of travel and a more purposeful plan for every day - before we head out of the door and face the world!
1. Pray for a desire to "win some" and ask the Lord to lead you to who He wants you to speak today. Spending time before we head out of the door, will inevitably mean your day's efforts will be far more productive - and specifically, give you the opportunity to speak about Jesus, and "win some!"
2. Get over the fear! I do recognise, for many people, myself included - fear is a big hurdle to sharing the Gospel. Rest assured, the opportunity to share the Good News about Jesus will be in a One-Two-One situation. People will be hurting, feeling hopeless, have despair and despondency hanging over them. They won't be carrying a machine gun in their pocket!
3. Loosen up! Don't be so up-tight! Be real - share your story. There is nothing more powerful than a life story that relates to an individual who wants to know what it is you have, that they don't have, but what they now realise they need. But be real, be honest, and don't be religious!
4. Break out of your Christian Bubble! We are all prone to stick close to those who we know best - especially if they are Christians. What the Church misses most is the opportunity to reach friends. Why? Because far too many Christians don't have any friends who aren't Christians. It's time to be brave and be strategic about making new friends - with the sole purpose, by all means, we save some! That will take effort, and some new time-consuming activities possibly. Let's be like Paul - But by all means, win some!
Be blessed, Pastor David