All things to all people

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Between my sophomore and junior years of college I transferred schools. This was incredibly difficult as I had built up a great group of friends, guys that I had played with for two years. When I arrived at my new school it was a weird transition. I knew very few people, and the culture of the school and the team was drastically different from what I had experienced at my first school. During this process I made great new friends, but realized I had to be different in order to fit in well to a different culture, a different system. Beyond the friend aspect of things, baseball was different as well. Playing for a new head coach is always a big transition and I realized that my new coach did things very different from my old coach. In order to be a valuable asset to the team I needed to learn to buy into a new system, to change everything I knew in order to be utilized. This experience taught me a lot about living a life on mission. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, “Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. 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, that I may share in its blessings.” Paul fought for commonality with people who were different from him in order to win them to Christ. This does not mean he engaged in sinful activity because other people were doing it, but it does me he tried to find similar interest, talking points, commonality in life, and other things to win people to the gospel. As we play high school ball, college ball, with summer teams, we are engaging in different cultures, with different coaches, in different systems. We can either push back against the system and make ourselves outsiders, or we can buy in, create common ground, and use our position as a member of a team to win others to Christ. Have you done this? Have you become all things to all people? I challenge you this week to step outside of your comfort zone, into a culture you are not comfortable, and work to find common ground. Can you talk about soccer with a soccer player? Engage yourself in their life in order to win them to Christ? Can you talk about music with members of the band? Genuinely care about their world? This is what it looks like for us to engage with the lost for the sake of the Gospel!