What Have We Become

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What have we become? We could spend days talking about what our society has become, how godless in many respects, rebellious, evil, and immoral. But that's not the question I want to look at today.

The Apostle Paul explained in 1 Cor 9:19ff, that in reality, he was free from the demands and expectations of people, YET he voluntarily became a servant to anybody and everybody so that he might reach people from all different walks of life. Paul didn't take on their sinful way of life, but he was willing to get involved with them to be able to understand their way of life, to see their point of view, to understand them personally and be a part in their lives for the sole purpose of being able to teach them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He says he took on various forms of servant-hood in order to lead others to God, knowing that he would only win "some" of the people he tried to teach.

"19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings." (NIV)

Paul explained in vs23 that he did all of this to advance the message of Christ, not just to talk about it casually in his conversation and interaction with people, but to be a part of the Gospel which brings good news of salvation.

So understanding that Paul became many things to many people for the sake of advancing the Gospel and teaching the lost, we ask our question again, WHAT HAVE WE BECOME?