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TITLE: All Things to All Men
By Dr. Julie Ostrowski
10/23/04
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I could sit here and simply identify some ways in which we can become all things to all men, with the typical and polite, as well as politically correct answers such as:
To encourage others daily as it states in Hebrews 3:13.
To forgive one another, as it states in Colossians chapter 3.
We all love the favorite choice among Christians, which is “to be a good friend”, as Galatians 6:2 reminds us. I am definitely not going to leave out the second greatest commandment “to love one another” Luke reminds us of this in chapter 6.
Each of these ways mentioned are all correct and good. But I have a problem identifying ways that we can “become all things to all men” without identifying “how” we can become all things to all men. I believe we must live up to what we have been chosen for – 1 Peter 2:9 states “for you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him, who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light”
We must first make sure we are living in this light – before we can share and declare the good news! Our attitudes as well as our actions should reflect this. People have a tendency to do as we do and not as we say: they also have the tendency to do what we say and not as we do – which is sometimes a smart choice! Do I hear an Amen!
Our attitude when spending time with others, regardless if they are a close friend or a complete stranger, should follow what Philippians 2:5-7 says: “your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.: who being in the very nature, God, did not consider equality with God – something to be grasped – but made himself nothing – taking the very nature of a servant.”
The way we can “become all things to all men” lies in the transformation of ourselves into more like Christ! We must first put on Christ, and keep him on – drawing from His strength, His wisdom, and His will – which will allow us to “become as His nature is”, which is all things to all men: A sacrifice for the people, for the sole benefit of the people.
Humbling ourselves to the Lord allows us to act in humility toward others. enabling us to take on the role as servants for people – which include our neighbors, our friends and family, our co-workers, our church family, and yes, to the stranger God has placed in our path! Only then can we successfully and whole heartedly bring others to Christ! We will then feel confident in our role as “all things to all men” which will make us feel confident when we help others, confident when we serve, confident when we witness, and confident in fulfilling the Lord’s command stated in Mark 16:15, “go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”
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