Editor’s Note: I read this post on Shannon Moreno’s blog, Revelations In Writing a day or so ago. I told Shannon I was posting Jesus’ Immigration Policy Wednesday and that our two posts complemented each other beautifully. I asked her permission to re-post it here on For His Glory. She agreed. Shannon is a gifted writer with a flare for sharing God’s truth and encouraging others with her posts. She has certainly encouraged me. I hope you enjoy reading An Approach To Answer. And I hope her writing blesses you as much as it did me.
“To the weak I become weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessing.” – I Corinthians 9:22-23
Paul gives several important principles for ministry:
1) Find common ground with those you contact
2) Avoid a know-it-all attitude
3) Make others feel accepted
4) Be sensitive to their needs and concerns
5) Look for opportunities to tell about Christ. – (Life Application Bible footnotes)
If we are answering the call to love as Christ has loved us, the above mentioned actions will fall into place. It is not about striving to check off the list, rather it is by being sensitive to His Spirit in us, and listening to His leading.
Finding common ground with another human being ought to occur naturally. Because we are all in the same race, much of our “scenery” will be similar – believer and unbeliever alike. The human need to love and be loved, crosses all barriers of belief and beyond. When we find out what matters most, we find common ground – the place where our paths intersect.
Humility and a listening ear lend themselves to love far better than a soapbox stance…
To make others feel accepted, we must be accepting. We are not called to stand in judgment of others, we are called to love one another, wherever and however we come. God loves ALL, and we are asked to do the same. (see Matthew 7:1)
Sincere sensitivity to another’s needs comes as we call on Christ to open our eyes and hearts to see and hear as He does, not merely by our own human observation. What we do unto the least of our brethren, we do unto Him. (see Matthew 25:40)
Opportunities to talk about Christ, to share our own stories, present themselves as we listen and love like Him. As we grow in our faith and find comfortable footing with those around us, conversations will come, often initiated by another who is ready to hear that which they are asking.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not want us to pretend to be someone we are not, and that You lovingly take who we are as we trust in You, and allow us to touch lives by loving as You have loved us. Forgive us for overlooking opportunities out of fear or selfishness, and lead us to learn to listen and love like You. May our availability make way for You to touch hearts and change lives for Your glory. Amen. © Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
To read more of Shannon’s insightful, encouraging, Christ-centered blog posts, visit her website: Revelations In Writing. I’m sure you’ll be as blessed to read her writing as I am.