Being a minister is interesting. You meet a lot of different people who have different backgrounds and are from all over the place. There are meaningful conversations to be had everywhere and new beginnings to create. But you also hear questions and comments. One of the ones that I have heard a lot in the last year is that “The Bible doesn’t apply to me because it doesn’t relate to me.” Another one is that it is hard to share the Gospel because it doesn’t reach today’s people.
There is no reason to feel bad if you feel this way or have felt this way before. But I want to encourage you, because all of us can be evangelistic, to spread the Gospel to those in our lives. In 1 Corinthians 9 there is a section of passage from verses 19-23. Paul has a great message going on and I encourage you to read it all, but I want to focus on just verse 22. Here Paul says, “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.” Paul is giving us a huge helping of advice when it comes to evangelizing.
In an effort to share the blessing of the Gospel, Paul notices a need to try and reach some people. In order to reach those people though he doesn’t just bash them with the Word but he relates to those people. One of the things we need to do is relate the Bible to the people we are sharing its word with. You approach people of different experiences with different ways. For example a Bible professor, an engineer, a mechanic, and a struggling with confidence teenager are all going to receive the Word in different ways. How are you trying to reach them? We need to give them a piece of the Word that is easy for them to grasp in the world that they currently live in.
We also need to remember the importance to stick to the principles and understandings of the Scripture that we have. We should never compromise the principles of the Bible when we are trying to reach people. It is possible for us to change our teaching styles, learning styles, and such without changing the teachings and principles of God’s Word.
Who can you reach out to this week? What challenges might that present? Maybe you need to think like a child to reach a child with the Word. Maybe you have to put on the engineer glasses to reach the engineer. We might need to put on the hat of a struggling family to show how God can help them during their need. People are more willing to listen to God’s Word when they can see how it relates to their current situation and how it can help them out. This week I challenge you to reach out to someone you haven’t reached out to before or to invite someone to church who you haven’t before. Be like Paul, understand who you are communicating and serving but don’t change the principles you stand on. How can the blessing of the Word help you and someone else this week?