By All Means

By All Means

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (1 Cor. 9:22–23 NIV1).

“Camp is for the camper.” I heard that statement many times from our GA/Acteens camp director, Ruth Bagwell, as I served as a camp counselor while a college student. When she said this, the camp counselors knew she meant that camp was not about us, but was about those girls who were coming to experience camp. As a camp counselor, that might mean getting up early when the girls in your cabin voted on a breakfast cookout, being in a silly skit to make the girls laugh, or sharing your testimony in front of a group of campers. It meant that we sometimes had to get out of our comfort zone to do things that would most benefit the campers.

In a way, I think that Paul meant something similar when he wrote, “by all possible means.” With the beginning of a new WMU emphasis this month, we will be focusing on the above emphasis watchword verse. This verse encourages us to get out of our comfort zone for the sake of the gospel. It challenges us to ask ourselves, “How am I willing to share my faith with others?” As a Mission Friends leader, it may mean going the extra mile to share with a neighbor who has preschoolers. You may have doors that are open to share with a Mission Friend’s parent who is not a believer.

Jeff Iorg states in the WMU emphasis book, Unscripted, “God is searching for believers who will join Him in reaching out to their neighbors and the nations.”2 Pray for God to open your eyes to opportunities to talk about Jesus. Follow Christ’s example of focusing on the people around you. Ask for God to show you a word or deed that will meet the needs of those around you to know of Christ’s love.

Prayer: Father, Thank You for loving me enough to send Your Son. Open my eyes to opportunities You give to talk about Jesus with those around me. Help me as I teach preschoolers about Jesus, that I would be an example of Your love. Amen.

1Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.TM Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

2Jeff Iorg, Unscripted: Sharing the Gospel as Life Happens. Birmingham, AL: New Hope Publishers, 2014, 186.

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