Saving Some

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 the law, as without the 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 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.

I Corinthians 9:20-22

Paul understood that every person who heard the gospel was not going to accept it.  He was not going to be able to lead every person to the Lord.  But he also knew that he needed to try to lead every person to the Lord.  He understood that he needed to do whatever he possibly could to “save some.”

Paul was not overly concerned with his own safety or well being.  He was concerned with telling other people about the Lord Jesus.  He said that “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”  He made an effort to fit in wherever he was.  He made an effort to respect the culture of the people with whom he was dealing.  He made an effort to get to know the people and to meet them where they were.  He did anything he could to get people to Jesus.

Sometimes we get a little too full of ourselves.  Sometimes, we get a “my way or the highway” kind of attitude.  But we need to remember Paul’s words in this passage.  We need to do our best to be made “all things to all men.”  Because, in doing that, we might “save some.”

 

 

 

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