‘We are too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good,’ is a statement synonymous to Christian circles often referring to how we approach situations in the lives of others. We engage as if we are in the same mindset disregarding individuality and uniqueness. The world acknowledges the need to understand people and their personalities as it draws a picture as to how they view the things in life. However, as Christians we are quick in sharing our opinions knowing that they are the solutions yet miss out because all we end up giving is face value solutions that immediately erode. We want people to be interested in what we have to say and that they listen to our “wise” counsel, instead of being interested in them and listening to what they have to say.
Our quick fix solutions are often irrelevant as sometimes they could be too far-fetched to convince anyone, or they hardly get to the core of the problem. In effect, we end up giving face value remedies that make people tune off as we speak to them since Christianity seems to be a well thought idea that barely helps in any way. We need to understand those we are talking to by actively listening to them and having genuine interest in their point of view. It is only by doing this that we give them what is spiritually “consumable”. It is of no use talking about the mysteries of God and deliverance to an unsaved person who does not know that Jesus Christ loves him! Here are winning strategies to becoming relevant in people’s lives.
Paul puts it plainly by saying that God’s word is revealed differently to different people and so it should be treated as such. Not all that we view as important is relevant, and so he chose what he said to different people depending on what the core needs were. In fact Paul was riding on the underlying principle that people do not care how much he knew until they knew how much he cared about them. Despite having understood God’s word and His mysteries, he sought to understand people as unique individuals. When he sought to be relevant to people, they understood that he cared about them genuinely and was not trying to shove the gospel down their throats.
1st Cor. 2:6-7 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.
1st Cor. 2:14-15 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
Paul’s story is the best example of how we can step out and do exploits for God in unfamiliar territory. He left the comfort of preaching to the Jews and reached out to the Gentiles, who held different beliefs. However how he did it was first acknowledging the uniqueness of different people and allowing God to guide him differently for the different situations. Understand the “street” and let God work on the street, that’s how you bring the word to the streets.
Click on the speech bubble at the top of the page to leave a comment, we would love to hear from you. Our prayers are with you always.
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—”If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.