I have become all things

‘I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel.’ (1 Corinthians 9:22)

Lives matter. Not just our own. Paul thinks that being deeply involved in others’ lives is crucial to the gospel. 

What things?

This means that whatever someone’s into - computer games, organ recitals, train spotting or cross stitching - ask them about it. Find out why they’re into it. 

It means not reverting to the your go-to topics when it’ll exclude someone listening in.

It means being prepared to stand outside and chat to a friend in the cold while they have a smoke.

It means being quicker to listen than to speak. It means giving someone the time and space to express themselves.

It means meeting someone in their place, be it their home, in their area or their favourite coffee shop, rather than always inviting them to your own safer ground. 

It may mean eating plainer food with older generations and taking as much interest in them as they do in us.

All things

Jesus did all of these things. Though he was ‘in very nature God’, he - 

‘did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage, rather he made himself nothing by taking the nature of a servant, by taking human likeness.’ (Philippians 2:6-7)

Jesus met our deepest need by becoming like us, coming to us, and sacrificing for us. We shouldn’t expect to win people to him without doing the same. 

So go. Become all things to all people.