Becoming as They Are

1 Corinthians 9:20 says, “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;”

Paul was able to use his own ancestry to preach to the Jews in synagogues throughout Jewish lands.

21 “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.”

Paul also used his Roman citizenship to reach out to gentiles.

22 “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

Paul was able to identify with the weak, because he experienced weakness. When he says, “I am made all things to all men,” he means that he is using life experiences and personal testimony to build rapport with those he was speaking with.

23 “And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.”

Paul, like Jesus Christ, wants us to all be saved. He wants everyone to partake of the same Christian life he had.

This is a simple, yet profound technique for soul winning. Rather than brow beating people with the Bible all the time – and there are are times when it is still necessary, we should use our experiences to empathize with their situations.

Most of the time, we have something in common with whomever we are speaking with. We need to find that commonality to make them comfortable.

Christians often come off with an air of superiority, but a personal testimony in which we give glory to God is humbling and powerful.

We are all sinners. We have all started this life with a dead spirit before being born again in Christ. We have all been weak, as Paul was. We should be able to use those things as a springboard to witness to our friends, families, neighbors, and even strangers.

We do not need scholarship or seminary education. We need not be particularly strong in spirit. We only need to be ourselves – wretched sinners who are powerless without Jesus and want others to partake in the Gospel together.

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