Though I am free and belong to no one, I make 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.
(1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
Follow Paul’s — and Jesus’ — example. Use “all possible means” to connect with the people around you.
Flip open the Gospels or any of Paul’s letters. You’ll see stories, object lessons, visuals, irony, symbolism, metaphor, humor and passion. You’ll see discussions with small groups and sermons to large crowds. You’ll see messages for everyone: prisoners, prostitutes, kings — even religious people.
I’ll admit it: I can be pretty awful at connecting with others. Too often I’m too busy and too self-absorbed. So, for a little inspiration, I did some research and deep thinking and came up with the following:
5 WAYS EVEN NINCOMPOOPS LIKE ME
CAN ENGAGE WITH TODAY’S WORLD
- Have an actual conversation. Invite a friend or co-worker to lunch and do more listening than talking.
- Have a party. But don’t invite the usual suspects. Follow the Luke 14:13 example and invite those less fortunate than you. You’ll be blessed.
- Write a letter. Surprise someone by going “old school” and writing ’em a letter.
- Hand out books. When I get tongue-tied trying to explain my faith (which is often), sometimes I’ll give someone a book I think they’ll connect with. Here are a few I’ve given out recently: The Reason for God by Tim Keller, Crazy Love by Francis Chan and Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller.
- Go techno. I’m truly a nincompoop when it comes to technology. But I’ve managed to stumble into some interesting tech-based ways to share the gospel. Tweet on Twitter. Or post inspirational images on Pinterest. Or do a little faith-sharing with your friends on Facebook. Or visit Yahoo or Reddit, where you can ask or answer questions about God with millions of other people. You can even connect with the Bible on a deeper level by helping create a “wiki-commentary” with other believers at Youversion.
The possibilities are truly endless.
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