1 Cor 9:22-23 – “Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.” (NLT)
The Apostle Paul was so kingdom-minded. He said that he was all things to all people so that he might save some. This of course does not mean that he compromised his faith or went along with things he did not believe in. It simply means that he accepts people for where they are in their lives. He did not judge and condemn people, nor was he critical about the way they lived. In fact, he cautioned in 1 Cor 10:13 that temptations in my life are no different than the temptations that others face. Paul was always trying to find some kind of common ground with people so that he could establish relationship with them in order to bring them to Christ. Paul was Kingdom-minded.
It’s easy to get caught up in the activities, responsibilities and busyness of our lives. The Lord’s mandate on our lives as Christians is to reach people for Him. Sometimes we encounter people that make us think, “I need to avoid them,” or “I shouldn’t get too close to that one.” Rather than looking at the situation on the surface, I think it’s best to focus on their soul and the need for Christ in their lives. It is true that we can’t save everyone and we’re not supposed to. I also understand that there are people that we must avoid for our own protection.
How To Be Kingdom-Minded
1. Focus on those God brings across your path (family, friends, co-workers, fellow-students).
2. Don’t be judgmental or critical. Remember that we’re all sinners!
3. Look at the inner value of their soul, not the outer appearance. Remember Christ died for them!
4. Look for something in common that will help you make a connection.
5. Tell your story in humility focusing on the redemptive nature of our loving God.
6. Invite them in.
Keep reaching forward toward being Kingdom-minded. God will use all of us who give him the opportunity!