“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
Recently in my walk with God I’ve been expressing to Him my frustraions, ‘why this?’ why that? what should I do about this? and that?’. You know, the times when you are real with God and tell Him what you are actually thinking and feeling. When you’re so passionate about something it builds in you to the point of explosion. Well, I was in one of those moments. You see, I feel like I do things great, live a great life of example, i plan ahead, work my butt off, care about others heaps, serve those around me, push myself to the limits, yet God’s response was ‘it’s not about all that, yes you do things great, but somethings slighty off’.
I couldn’t shake the word HEART off my mind. ‘If people captured my heart this thing would be different, better than great.’ But how God??????? And a deafining silence rung out….
In my morning bible time yesterday I was reading the passage of scripture in 1 Cor 9:19-27. I highligheted a few parts of the passage that stood out to me. Wonderful… I then closed my bible and placed it back on the corner of my desk.
Later that afternoon I was having a catchup with one of my amazing youth leaders. We began to talk about our passions and frustrations. Expressing our desire to connect with people on a different level. About how discipleship is more than doing it in the times we have to. It’s more than taking someone for a coffee to talk about their life. It’s more than sitting next to them in church. Don’t get me wrong, those things are awesome, but alone I feel will not bear the fruit you desire to see when you’re passionate about impacting a generation. We sat there and realised what we were missing is the ‘real’ side of life. You know, when you are free to be you, those moments when you are free to be yourself with your peers.
Revelation, it was a revelation! God dropped something into our conversation, into our spirits. ‘Hang out with people’, ‘bring them into what you do and who you are’. “we could go bowling and just chuck it on facebook that whoever wants to come can let us know and we can hang out”. Those things we do with our mates that create memories. Those things we do when we let our walls down and express who we are. Doing those things that everybody loves to do, the saved or unsaved, passionate or non-passionate, freshie or longtimer, young or old, on fire or about to be, the all in or the 50/50, everybody.
Straight away God pointed me back to what I was reading that morning! I was so pumped and excited! “LISTEN TO WHAT I READ THIS MORNING!!” as I began to read through the passage of scripture:
“Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews i became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law[the law of grace]), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. i have become all things to all men so that by all means I might save some.”
You see I thought it was all about people stepping up to my level to capture my heart, to see what I see from the top, to hang around me in my Pastors roll. But it’s NOT. If I want people to capture my heart for this generation then it’s to another level I must go, to their level. Who doesn’t like to come sit in a Pastors office and talk about life?? wait… Who doesn’t like to go BOWLING!!!!!??? And in those moments of hanging out, those non-threatening environments, having fun, sharing memories and creating them, bonds are formed, trust is formed, and exchange of heart takes place as I go to another level.
“To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.”
I can’t expect people in my sphere to step up to my ‘level’ if I am not willing or am unable to connect with them on their level. Another level.