Be Whatever They Need You to Be
Discernment is seeing things as they are and making the wisest decision that meets the appropriate occasion. The child of God’s judgment will always be godly; however, our actions and words will vary based on the person and the situation. This is not situational ethics; it gives lost and saved souls the best we have at all times. Conditions and needs change daily; we don’t want to find ourselves unable to meet the needs of those we are in this world to help. For the church to remain relevant, we must tap into every part of who we are in its totality.
There is only one you, yet you have noticed in your personal life different versions of you. There is the working and professional you. There is the I am worshiping God, you, etc. I am a respectful child in the presence of my mother. I smile from ear to ear in the presence of my wife. I cry uncontrollably when I have lost close loved ones. There is one me, yet different versions based upon the need. It’s not fake; it’s giving God’s creation what they need. “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 partaker of it with you” (1 Cor. 9:19-23).
We, like Paul, can identify with people where they are. If they are religious, we have religion for them. If a person is weak and stumbling, we do not go to them with a convicting spirit; we know what it is like to be weak. Therefore, we work and walk with them to aid them in their struggles. We can be regular people who meet people where they are without allowing ourselves to get stained by the world’s sins. This will ensure that we are never isolated and segregated from the world that needs the light and salt that God gives us to provide them.
©Dec. 24th, 2022 Courtney Henderson