“For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without law, as without law (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.” – I Corinthians 9:19-23
Apostle Paul was chosen and separated from his mother’s womb (Galatians 1:15), equipped and empowered by the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8) just like any believer of today to witness Christ and win souls into the kingdom. As a believer, what God did through Apostle Paul, He wants to do through you. Apostle Paul said he became “…all things to all men…” so as to be able to win some to Christ and establish them in God’s kingdom.
Some mischievous people can interpret our text of today to mean that a believer is free to become a sinner so as to win sinners; nothing can be farther from the truth than this. You can never engage in sin to win sinners; engaging in sin will only make the sinner a candidate of hell whether the individual is a backslider or one who has never accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The principle of becoming all things to all men was anchored on the following:
Finding common ground with your contacts. The commonest ground is that Jesus Christ came to this world to die for the good of all. Everyone on earth wants to live good and well. However, there are several areas that could be identified as common ground such as experience, education, interests etc. Common grounds helps us to gain initial acceptance and overcome rejection.
Believers should avoid presenting a know-it-all attitude. It is only by the grace of God that you are saved. Ephesians 2:8-9. We must come to the level of those we are to win to Christ so as to make impact on them.
Believers must do everything to make others feel acceptable. Dr. David Oyedepo – the President and Founder of Winners Chapel International (one of the world’s fastest growing churches) went to the dungeon of drug addicts (with some associates) on soul winning drive. He held hands with the drug addicts (despite the fact that one of them counted himself unworthy to hold hands in prayer because of having the object of his addiction in his hand), prayed with them and nine of them were instantly saved; they abandoned drugs, embraced Christ and were added to the church. You cannot influence a sinner that does not feel accepted for Christ. We should always remember that we were once like any sinner on the street.
Believers must be sensitive to the needs of their targets. The gospel of Jesus Christ is largely about meeting needs. When we are sensitive to the needs of the people, they are easily moved to respond to whatever we have to tell them. Apostle Paul became weak for the sake of the weak.
Apostle Paul was an opportunity hunter; he was always looking for opportunity to “…save some”. He was made “…all things to all men”. Believers should hunt for opportunities to share the gospel of Christ with all. Remember, the gospel is for all.
Have you told somebody about Jesus Christ today?
Scriptures for meditation: Romans 11:13-16
Jesus is Lord!