One of the best evangelists to walk the earth is probably Paul. He wrote a majority of the New Testament and established churches all across the Southern Europe and the Middle East.
He writes to the Corinthian church and says, “Although I am a free man and not anyone’s slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law…to win those under the law. To those who are without that law, like one without the law…to win those without the law. To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-22). Two things are very evident in this passage. One seems very clear to me (see below) and the other is most unclear (come back and read next week’s article).
Paul loved people. He loved them with the love Christ showed to him. This is very clear. Once Paul was converted, once he was baptized, washing away his sin, and committing his life to following Jesus—he committed 100% of his life to saving as many lost people as he could. He never saw King or convict, Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female, rich or poor. He viewed every person as either Christian or Lost. Every moment of his life following conversion is spent either fellowshipping and worshipping with Christians or seeking to save the lost; nothing else. Everything fulfilled that purpose. Tent-making funded some of his mission trips. Incarceration gave him opportunities to share Christ with guards and inmates. Shipwreck’s provided more opportunities to witness. Hunger drove him to rely more on God, food strengthened him for his mission. He was singly focused. Paul understood the great commission in Matthew 28—even though he wasn’t present to hear it. I wonder how many of us understand it as well.