Malleability vs. Compromise
1 Corinthians 9:22 (NLT) – 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.
How can we feed the poor without going to where they live? We cannot sit in our tabernacles and wait for the lost souls to find Jesus. Jesus said go into ALL the world and make disciples.
We MUST BE MALLEABLE to communicate the gospel to people. We must gain the trust of our audience. People often perceive strangers as a threat. The apostle Paul teaches us to change in order to connect.
2 Corinthians 5:10 (NLT) – For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.
We DO NOT COMPROMISE our Faith when we are FLEXIBLE. We simply adapt to a culture to connect with the people. As we preach the gospel, we must try to speak in a language the people understand.
Christians can dress the part and carry the gospel preaching the freedom and liberty found in God’s Word. In the face of opposition, Christians have choice of fight or flight. In the Bible, some leaders chose to flee from adversity to keep peace and safety. Jacob fled Laban in obedience to a vision from God.
God will lead us into the fertile lands and make our efforts flourish and bring forth bountiful crops. Our wells will spring forth. Our crops and livestock will grow. Remember that growth requires malleability, not compromise.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV) – But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.