The Journey Thoughts

September 20, 2016

Do you notice how we always seem to be on our best behavior at church, but
away from it, the real personality comes out.  Was the action in the church
the real person, or was the real person the one who behaves differently the
rest of the week?  Consider this Scripture: " Although I am a free man and
not anyone's slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win
more people.  To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under
the law, like one under the law - though I myself am not under the law - to
win those under the law. To those who are without that law, like one without
the law - not being without God's law but within Christ's law - to win those
without the law. To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have
become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save
some. Now I do all this because of the gospel, so I may become a partner in
its benefits." 1 Corinthians 9:19-23  Is there a duplicitousness in Paul,
that makes him not want to be himself, or is this the real man becoming like
all others to win them to Christ?  At first blush you might want to think
that Paul has an identity problem, but let's face this.  When we honestly
want to become more like Christ, we desire to be a servant, and a servant is
a servant to all, and not just a certain group, like church.   Do you have a
desire to be an example of Christ to a group other than the type of people
you usually hang with?  These are the ones you are comfortable around, the
ones who know you and love you for who you are.  Yet, you change your
behavior around others, not like those you are comfortable with. But the
real question remains is, Why?  Do you change because you don't want them to
see you different?  Paul became like those he was trying to win, but his
message was always the same.  He didn't change his character, he just became
a servant to the groups he was trying to minister to.   When we are called
to serve, we serve differently depending on the group we are serving.  For
him, the Jews were one kind of group, and he became like them as a servant
to them, but with the love of Christ within him.  Like them, but different,
for he never changed his message, and his message was Christ.   He may have
associated with those not under the law, and became a servant to them,
mingling among them, but his message still remained.  When we become a
servant to others, it doesn't have to mean that our message changes.  We
don't have to start cussing, when around those who cuss, but we can become
servants to them for the cause of Christ.  We don't have to become other
religions to serve those of other religions, for the servant can be a
servant to all, and therefore be in that environment, yet with Christ as our
guide; with the Holy Spirit leading us, and show us how to be to others.
Paul became like others only in his servitude to them, while his faith is
what was consistent even while in the presence of others.  So we can be
called to mingle with other groups, but that call is not to become them, but
to be a servant to them, to show them the love of Christ. If I am going to
minister to a biker group, I might ride my Harley, and put on a dew rag, but
what comes out of my mouth is Christ, so that I can be a servant of those I
might bike with, but a messenger of Christ, who has called me to be a
minister of the gospel.  So don't be afraid, to associate with others, when
called to do so, but only do so, if your heart is right, and your heart is
tuned in to the message that burns with passion within you.  "I become all
things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some."
That's a nice calling.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, teach us how to become a servant to all, without changing
the new person that lives inside us.  I pray that you will draw us even
closer to You today.  I pray for those needing Your comfort, so please would
You bless: Mike and his family during their loss; please touch Tony and heal
him. I pray for Don, Lynn, Dwight, Sammi, Joanna, Tom, Evelyn, Joy, Ruth,
Robbie, Ada, Nada, JV, Nancy, Paul, Judy, Betty H. Cherie, Malachi, Terry
and his dad, Tim's mother, Shelly's mother, Reed family, Foster family, Pam
and her son, Julissa and her friend, Kelly and her son, Richard and his
father, Ben and family, Briggs church, Ben and Ramona, Olivia, Jeremiah,
Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Mike, Megan, Jeff, Laura, Matt, Liz, Matt,
Bethany, Tim, Michelle, Carmello, Kaitlyn, Tonia, Todd, Liam, Aiden, Jackie
Ann, Pastor Berkey, Adrian, Tuly, Tyler, Kristen, Trevor, Maria, Tyson,
Wendy, Montella, Joyce, Betty, David, Phyllis, Devon, Cindy, Barbara, Terri,
Marliana, Loren, Cynthia, Bill, Carolyn, BJ, Ida, Isabel, Angie, Kristena,
Shane, Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric, Sandy, Andrea, Alan, Fisher, Shannon, Robert,
Pat, Ryan, Barry, Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Laurie, Gary,
Heather, Codi, Ron, Deane, Bill, Deane, Dan, Rheba, Pam, Mike, Austin,
Harriet, Gus, Lisa, Alice, Dotty, Fred, Mike S., James, Scott, April, Craig,
Betty, Hunter, Asher, Lynette, Kathy, Jennifer, Patrick, Candace, Abe,
Trent, Garret, Mayeaux, Ben, Jason, Ashley, Marc, Macy, Jake, Bob, Lisa.
Please reveal to us the  honesty of our hearts, that we will become more
like You, and less like us, for I ask it in Jesus name. Amen

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