FINDING COMMON GROUND

It is so important to recognize that all of us are part of God’s family. I would argue strongly that many people fail to realize this. At the drop of a hat, we separate ourselves from those who may not agree with our theology. In many ways, we’re just like our political parties. Instead of working for the common good of people, there is great division between the moderates, conservatives, and liberals. We fail to realize that unity does not necessarily mean we all think the same way. However, we should try to find common areas of agreement on those things we can, and even find ways to appreciate someone else’s point of view. We don’t have to act like we know it all or our way is the only way. Read this truth found in I Corinthians 9:22.

“When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.”

Paul, the humble servant of the Lord, puts himself on the same level of those who are different from him. He is not being self-righteous. Paul becomes weak identifying himself with others who are weak so that he might bring them to Christ. He is able to identify with those who were nonbelievers, because he is aware of how his own life was changed. He does this for the sake of the Gospel. In other words, he puts the Gospel ahead of himself. That is what we should always seek to do: put Christ above ourselves. Allow God to use us to help those who are broken vessels, recognizing that we were once broken. Allow God to use you for His glory and let your life be a witness to all of humanity.

I Corinthians 9:22 (NLT)