1 Corinthians 9:22-23–…Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.
We have an uncommon God. Jesus–God–became like His own creation: humanity. And He did that so we could know God and know that He cares for us so much that He would come meet us where we are. Jesus became common on purpose. He came so our lives could be opened to everything that God has in store for us.
Paul knew this, and he took the example that Jesus had set and modeled his own life after it. When he wrote to the Corinthians, he explained to them that how he reached people changed depending on who they were. In verses 20 and 21, he said, “When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ…When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. ”
The Jews had their own culture and the Gentiles had theirs. Paul did whatever he could besides sinning in order to introduce someone to Christ. If that meant breaking with the customs he had grown up with in order to reach someone outside of the Jewish community, he would do it. And if that meant having Timothy, a young leader who accompanied Paul, circumcised so Jewish people would listen to what he had to say, he would do that, too.
Our job as the Church is to reach people with the Good News. Acts 1:8 says, “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We have the Spirit of God in us so we can influence the world around us. We should be walking billboards for the Good News!
Common ground is just where common people connect. It’s whatever people rally around. Think about what you have at your disposal that is common ground. It could be anything from a sport, a hobby or interest, music, a job…the list is endless! What could you do to leverage that common ground to connect people to an uncommon God?