By John Beardsley
To the homosexual are we to become one to reach
A drug addict to join them on a trip?
A thief to reach the thief?
To the rocker or biker do we pierce or tattoo our body?
An adulterer to reach those unfaithful to their spouse?
Do we participate in sin to reach the sinner?
OR do we present ourselves as a sinner to the sinner not again enslaving ourselves?
1 Corinthians 9:18 -23
"What is my reward then? [Verily] that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. For though I be free from all [men], yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all [men], that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with [you]."
Being all things is to:
Be glad with those who are glad,
Sad with those who are sad,
Uplifting to those who are down,
Fulfilling to those who are empty,
Wise to those who are ignorant,
Discerning to those with no understanding,
Give direction to those who are lost,
Be a blessing to those chosen to lead,
Bold with the truth when others are timid,
Demonstrate patience to the impatient,
Be there for those who are lonely,
Just listen to the ones with burdens,
Work together with them needing a helping hand,
Provide protection for those who are afraid,
And most of all present to them Jesus Christ to those without Him!
Verses that inspired this piece:
2 Corinthians 5:17- 18
17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2 Corinthians 6:4
4 But in all [things] approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
2 Corinthians 6:10
10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and [yet] possessing all things.
2 Corinthians 9:8
8 And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work:
2 Corinthians 12:19
19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but [we do] all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine [shewing] uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
1 Thessalonians 5:21
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, [and] how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
14. Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
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