an excellent day to seek common ground.
“When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone doing everything I can to save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22 NLT
The Apostle Paul not only ministered to people that he met in his travels, he spent a lot of time teaching them to minister to others. He said, “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.” (1 Corinthians 9:12 NIV).
Someone wrote, “Salvation doesn’t enroll you in a club for the religious elite. It enlists you into the Army of the Lord.” Part of our responsibilities as members of this army is to help enlist others as well. In order to do this, we must do many things, just as Paul taught. One important thing to remember is to never present a know-it-all attitude. Another is to be friendly and easy to approach. Another is to establish common ground with the person we are talking with or helping.
For instance, if we are volunteering at a place that provides meals for those who are hungry, we would not want to show up expensively dressed or displaying expensive jewelry. We wouldn’t want to distract anyone from what we are attempting to do, nor would we want to create the impression that we are better than they are.
If we are speaking with someone on the subject of sin, we would not want to create the impression that we have never sinned. We would not want to give someone the idea that we are free from temptation. It would be difficult for most people to identify with someone like that.
If we want to bring someone closer to God, we must walk with them and show them we do understand their perspective and we do appreciate their circumstances.
As the Son of God, Jesus was capable of exhibiting awesome power. Although He did perform some wondrous miracles, His humility was an important part of who He was. He tried to show that He was just like us in many ways. He loved the people He came to save. He never failed to connect with common, everyday people.
No matter what situation we find ourselves in, it is always desirable to seek common ground with those around us. It is the surest way to helping others understand what we are trying to share with them, and while we will not be able to save them all, we will certainly be able to save some.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson