Pr. 23:20: “Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat.”
Last night I had a dream where I was with a small group of people who was encouraging a broken person and witnessing to them about Christ. One of the people in our group was one of the Pastor’s from my church. We wound up at a bar, which was the place where that person was most comfortable. And then, my Pastor ordered shots for us all.
I wasn’t the least bit uncomfortable being in the bar, but when my Pastor ordered us shots and then eagerly drank his, I was worried that he was crossing a dangerous line. (Reminder…this was only a dream)
We were called to tell others about Christ. Paul said that he made himself a servant to all, that he might win the more. To the Jews he became as a Jew, to those who were weak he became as one weak, etc. (1 Cor. 9:20-23) He said, “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.”
Paul did what it took to witness; however, this same man also reminds us in the chapter before to be cautious of our liberties in Christ. He tells us that our decisions could cause a weaker brother could stumble. He was ever-mindful of the reason he was witnessing in the first place, disciplining himself as to not become disqualified. (1 Cor. 9:27)
We exist to win people to Jesus Christ and the best way to do that is to make Jesus so attractive that others cannot resist. While doing so; however, we must be careful that we don’t begin to mar our own credibility and risk becoming in bondage ourselves.
This is definitely not a blog about the right or wrong of drinking, but we have something so much better to offer others than a profitless shot of alcohol, and we have to demonstrate that by our actions. What can be found in Jesus is far beyond any outside lift. When becoming a servant to all, we must be ever mindful of the One whose servanthood we are first called to emulate.
We must keep in mind that being a witness for Christ means we must give evidence of the hope that is found in Him, and not allow ourselves to forget what we were trying to say in the first place.
Sticking close to the Savior,