The post title originates from Paul’s pen as the apostle continues to emphasize the importance of the gospel with his words to the church at Corinth.
“To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some” 1 Corinthians 9:22.
As a self-proclaimed “apostle…born out of due time” (1 Corinthians 15:8, KJV), Paul would have definitely felt the urgency to reach those not within the inner-circle. He understood that many would not automatically gravitate towards the message of the gospel. Why? Because, like himself, they would be more concerned with their centuries of Jewish heritage rather than the simple Good News preached by Christ’s followers.
This reminds me of what is called the “Association Game.” For instance, if someone asked, “Which month reminds you of the color green?” or, “What do the letters BRMS mean to you?,” how would you answer? If you thought March for the first question, that would have been correct, at least from my perspective. But if you thought Benjamin Rush Middle School for the second question that would have been inaccurate from my viewpoint. Why? Because when I lived in Illinois for 14 years, BRMS stood for Blue Ridge Middle School.
Paul recognized the necessity for associating and relating to his target audience. If he was going to be successful in sharing the gospel with his acquaintances, then he would initially need to be successful in sharing and understanding their needs and desires. In other words, Paul would need to know them before they would perceive that they needed to know HIM!
As we continue to March through Mark during our sermon time on Sundays, it has become increasingly evident that the second book in the New Testament was focused on communicating an action-packed story with a hint of punctuated sarcasm. For example, Jesus responds to the doubtful father with the demon-possessed son, in chapter 9 with “IF you can? Everything is possible for him who believes.”
“IF you can? Everything is possible for him who believes.”
This bit of irony was Jesus’ way of telling him that there is no IF in faith! For the Lord knew that even His apostles were struggling with their confidence in the situation. In the following chapter we are told that His disciples were reprimanding the children for approaching the Savior. The result is found in Mark 10:14:
“When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’”
Jesus then used some association of His own as He became ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will NEVER enter it.” (Mark 10:15)
This Message of Eternity is exactly why we are supposed to become all things!