Some words of wisdom from the Apostle Paul:
Though I am free and belong to no man,
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 men
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 epistles. 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 this morning and came up with the following . . .
FIVE WAYS EVEN NINCOMPOOPS LIKE ME
CAN CONNECT WITH TODAY’S WORLD
- Have an actual conversation. Invite a friend or co-worker to lunch today 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. Don’t be afraid to tell ’em about what God has done in your life.
- 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’s three I’ve given out recently: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller and Grace by Max Lucado.
- Go techno. I’m truly a nincompoop when it comes to technology. But over the past few months, I’ve managed to stumble into some new and exciting ways to share the Gospel. Go to Twitter.com, where in 5 seconds you can sign up for free and start blasting bite-size messages all over the world (if you’d like, you can follow me @getupwithgod). Or check out Yahoo.com, 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.com.
The possibilities are truly endless.