To those not having the law I became like one not having the law . . . so as to win those not having the law. (1 Cor. 9:21)
Expanded Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:21
I sat in my atheist friend’s apartment while he smoked marijuana. While this was a normal part of his life, he knew this was not something I did. I think he did it, in part, to see what my reaction would be. “Aren’t you going to tell me this is a sin?” he asked. “Right now, I am much more concerned with your soul than I am with whether or not you smoke weed,” I answered. His response? “You’re a different kind of Christian.”
All my friend had ever known was a legalistic Christianity. To be honest, for years it was all I knew as well. While I prepared to visit him that night, for the first time in a long time, I knew that I had to show him that Christ was different from the form of Christianity we had grown up with.
Jesus hung out with a lot of people that were not respectable. He ignored tradition to do so. He cared more about the souls of those he was with than the rules he was breaking. Is that how you live? Are you willing to cross those unspoken dividing lines that separate the respected from the disrespected for the sake of the gospel? Jesus did. Paul did. Maybe it is time for you to do so too.
Set even your reputation aside for the sake of sharing the gospel.
Aaron Wilkinson is the vice president of operations and enrollment at Wesley Seminary, a member of College Wesleyan Church (IN), and an employee resilience researcher.
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