Change is an unavoidable and inevitable fact of life. It will happen and does happen to every single person. In some areas of life there might be a need for change, while in other areas of life people would prefer you stay the same. Change is hard to deal with and hard to accept when something happens that you know will threaten your routine, your schedule, and possibly even place you in a state of doubt or worry. However, no matter how unavoidable and inevitable change may be in so many different facets of life, sometimes the place where we need change the most can go years and years without even seeing a hint of the change it so desperately needs… Our spiritual lives.
Is it not easy to come to worship, come to Bible class, come to church events, come to various church groups, and leave having never changed one single thing about our spiritual mind or heart? While it might be our goal to change, to improve, and to grow… many times, we can leave no different than the moment we came through the doors. This can be observed, so obviously, in the way we all struggle in being evangelistic and struggle in soul winning. We come and we hear sermon after sermon, sing song after song, and pray prayer after prayer, and often times never allow that worship to move us to want to go tell others about it. We want to change, we want to grow, we want to improve and we want to do better when it comes to evangelism, but it can be years and years before we talk to anyone about the gospel.
The question we all must answer today is, what are we willing to become for the Gospel’s sake? In what manner of life are we willing to bring change to in order to win souls for Christ? Paul would say about himself, “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the Gospel’s sake, that I may be a partaker of it with you” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). How many of us would claim we were willing to do this for the Gospel’s sake? Paul was willing to become all things to all men so that he might WIN SOULS. I am afraid some of us might be more worried about making sure no one takes our pew on Sunday morning than making sure visitors are even here at all.
Paul was willing to do whatever it took to bring souls to Christ. He himself said, “That I might by all means save some.” He did not do it for his own sake, or for his own glory, or even for building a huge mega church… He tells us he did it for the Gospel’s sake. So, the question is, what are we willing to do for the Gospel’s sake? Are we willing to talk to that weird person at school that no one likes, or the annoying person at work that no one likes? Are we willing to befriend the unlikable, the insufferable, the outcast, or the rejects for the Gospel’s sake? Are we willing to reach out to those who we deem have more egregious sin than we do for the Gospel’s sake? The bottom line is, are we willing to become all things to all men so that we might by all means save some for the Gospel’s sake?
Instead of simply rejoicing that we have been bought by the precious blood of Christ, could we please focus on making sure the people around us, every single day of our lives, are able to rejoice in it as well? Deciding to become things for the Gospel’s sake is something that will threaten your routine, your schedule, and possibly even place you in a state of doubt or worry, but it is that very change the Gospel needs us to make. The Gospel that has brought us from darkness to light, from blindness to sight, from lost to saved, and from without hope to having a home in Heaven. Let us return the favor and become all things for all men so that we might by all means save some FOR THE GOSPEL’S SAKE.
Ben Hogan, Minister of Evangelism