“When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. 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.”
1 Corinthians 9:20-22 NLT
Paul is not saying here that we need to pretend to or even become a different person with each person or group we speak to. He is not saying to change who we are or what we believe. He is saying that we need to identify with people. We need to walk IN THEIR SHOES for a while so that we can understand them, so that we can empathize with the struggles they face. In doing so we will learn better how to share the truths of the Gospel with them and they may become more open to listening to the truths we have to share. People need to know you care about them before they care what you have to say. You will not save people by staying within your ‘click’ or by holding to the idea that you shouldn’t be seen in certain places with certain types of people. We have to meet people where they are- just like Jesus did for us.
~May the Lord make his face shine upon you and give you peace today!