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.—1 CORINTHIANS 9:22 KJV
As an apostle, Paul had the right—and the power—to preach the gospel with no holds barred. He could have thundered the gospel from his pulpit without regard for the minds and hearts of those in his audience.
But that wasn’t Paul’s style. As a Jew, he reasoned with the Jews, showing them that the Law was given to lead them to Christ. Using his great intellect, he reasoned with the Greeks at Mars Hill, declaring the true identity of their “Unknown God” (Acts 17:23 KJV). Acknowledging his own weaknesses, he showed the weak the strength of Christ.
In other words, Paul met people where they were. He empathized and identified with them so they could see how Christ could work in their lives.
As we care for those around us, we must know them as they are, without prejudice, so we can show them how Jesus can take them from their sinful state to His holy heaven.
Our goal as caregivers is not to be honored for our sacrifices, but to honor the Father by gaining the lost. Serve with the soul in mind, so that through you, God will save some.
Dear Jesus, please help me to understand the deep needs of the people around me, so I can show them how You can make a difference in their lives. Please save some today.