“I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.” vss. 22b-23
Paul would not compromise on the gospe–the good news of God that is ours by grace through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But he was willing to adapt to every changing situation that he encountered. He was chameleon-like in the way he adjusted his message to his audience. There are some who might question his tactics and wonder if they were a symptom of weakness, that maybe he lacked integrity in trying to be all things to all people. Certainly what he did was not easy. Any of us who have tried know how wearying it can be to try to please everyone. But that really isn’t Paul’s purpose. He wasn’t trying to please everyone, he only wanted to break through whatever was blocking his ability to communicate his message. He was making a point of connection with them…and that’s something each of us can do as we live out our commission to proclaim the good news. It’s a matter of learning how to read our listeners, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, and then using the language that each understands. Who knows, with practice and lots of loving, we might even learn how to crack the elusive code of the millennials! And that would be a blessing for us all!
Thought for the Day: How well do I read people?