Common Ground

Tim Savage

"When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings." (1 Corinthians 9:22-23)

"I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don't just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved." (1 Corinthians 10:33)
This morning's reading encouraged me in my life's calling. Paul talks about trying to find common ground with those to which we minister. If we are to share our stories and testimonies with our friends, neighbors and family (who could be right next door or they could be halfway around the world) we have to understand them, their culture and their language in order for them to listen. Paul says that he becomes like those that he's trying to reach, never compromising God in his own life, but being relevant in every other way to the flock.

We all should do that in our own special way. If you're a teacher, who better to influence another teacher? If your kids play soccer, who better to influence other soccer families? Or a construction worker, or banker, nurse, lawyer or bus driver. For me, my special way to reach others is through the accepted language of my people - media. I use television, film, video, internet and radio to share the good news of Jesus. I don't use it because I think it's cool or fun, I use it because, at this time in the world, it's the universal language. As Paul says in verse 33, "I don't just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved."
We must have a heart for those around us that aren't yet saved. God has given each of us a special gift to reach out to someone. You can touch someone that I can't and I can touch someone that you can't - together we can touch the world. Like Paul, we need to recognize and take the opportunities to influence others in the most appropriate way. In the mornings, as I take my kids to school, we drive through the University and sometimes there is a guy, dressed all in white holding up a large cross. Now, forgive me, but I don't think the UH students get that message. In fact, I think it turns them off to Christianity because the guy looks and acts like a loon. It's not their language, they don't get it and it pushes them away from a relationship with Jesus. He may have the right message but his delivery is totally wrong.

Each of us knows the right delivery for the people we can best influence. We must be lights in a dark world, illuminating the path home to our Heavenly Father.
Dear Lord,

Please keep the fire for the unsaved burning hot within me. I want to use the gifts You've given me to bring others to You. May I represent You well in all that I do.

In Jesus name,


Devotions for November 11

Psalms 122
1 Corinthians 9,10,11

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