Reaching Others “by All Means”

We live in a world defined by boundaries. We talk of setting boundaries with people, with our jobs, and even with our churches. We want “space” and “me time.”

Quite simply, we think of ourselves a lot.

WMU’s emphasis theme for 2016–2018 encourages us to do something else—to think of reaching others with the gospel “by all means.”

In 1 Corinthians 9:22b, Paul tells us how he is willing to “become all things to all people so that by all possible means [he] might save some.” Rather than talking about the ways that he is excluding people, Paul encourages us by his example to include others, regardless of socioeconomic divisions.

Why is Paul willing to do this? “ I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (v. 23).

Paul knew that his own comfort was nothing in light of leading others to Jesus. Yes, socializing with and ministering to others who are different from us may be uncomfortable. It may require us to go to strange places and be with people with whom we don’t agree. Paul isn’t asking us to approve of their actions or beliefs. He is asking us to see them as God does—as sinners who need a Savior.


Beth Holmes watches for ministry opportunities in her hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky.

 

 

 


 

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