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Do As They Do

January 6, 2007 by  
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Do As They Do By Rebecca Livermore

Go Tell the World

For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some ( 1 Corinthians 9:19-22 NJKV).
The Great Barrier There is often a great barrier between Christians and unbelievers. To some degree that is to be expected, because we view things from a different perspective, and live by biblical principles often scorned by the world. Most often, however, this barrier is in place because Christians have so far removed themselves from unbelievers that they have absolutely no connection with them.
Paul wasn’t like that. He made a point of being like the people he wanted to win to Christ. He did this without compromising or falling into sin. He looked at what was good or morally acceptable in people, and then strove to adopt a similar lifestyle. His sole motivation for doing so was to win people to Christ.
Consider how this might look in today’s world. There are people who periodically provide food, clothing, and other assistance for the poor. That is a good and important ministry. There are others with a desire to reach the poor, who take it a step further: they move into the low rent district, so they can live among the poor they want to minister to. Although both approaches to reaching out to the poor are valid, the latter is more effective.
“You Are Totally Indianized!” When we lived in India, one of the highest compliments my Hindu friend paid me was, “Rebecca, you are totally Leper Colony in IndiaIndianized.” That, of course, was not completely true, but it pointed out that my decision to do things the Indian way as much as possible had not gone unnoticed. I became like the Indian people by wearing Indian clothing, removing my shoes or covering my head when it was the right thing to do, eating gooey, messy food with my bare hands, and doing my best to speak, read, and write the Hindi language.
Look for God-Honoring Ways Perhaps you’re not called to reach the poor by moving into a housing project, or by going to a foreign country and living like the nationals. That’s fine; we all have a different calling on our lives. God may be calling you to reach athletes with the truth of the gospel, as you participate in the local softball league. Maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom who could develop an interest that can be shared with unbelievers. Whatever you do, look for God-honoring ways to be like the unbelievers you are attempting to reach.
Father, we pray that You will give us creative ways to do as Paul did: to become all things to all men so that by all means we might save some. Help us not to get so comfortable in our little Christian world that we no longer mix with unbelievers. Send us out to be salt and light in the world You created, among the people You love. Amen.

 

Rebecca Livermore is a freelance writer and speaker from Denver, Colorado. Her passion is helping people grow in Christ. Rebecca has been married to her husband, Chuck, for over 20 years and is the mother of two young adults. She has done mission work in Europe and Asia, and now considers the Internet to be her mission field.

Her publishing credits include magazines such as Discipleship Journal, Christian Parenting, Global Prayer Digest, Practical Homeschooling, Pray!, and many others. Most recently Rebecca has enjoyed having her articles published on the Internet, where she has been privileged to minister to people in many different nations.
More of her articles can be found at http://www.rebeccalivermore.com.

 

 

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