Are You Loving and Christ-Like?
“Just as I myself strive to please [to accommodate myself to the opinions, desires, and interests of others, adapting myself to] all men in everything I do, not aiming at or considering my own profit and advantage, but that of the many in order that they may be saved.” (1 Corinthians 10:33, NIV)
As an Executive Coach advising corporate executives on career issues, I’ve always stressed the importance of “likeability.” I would urge them to “Be Likeable.” To help my clients grasp this concept, I created tools and engaged them in focused conversations, role play, video training, and calls to recruiters and business associates where I listened in to assess their “likeability factor.” I advised my clients that corporations “Hire for Skill and Fire for Fit.” In the end, personal chemistry or “fit,” the ability to assimilate into the corporate culture, connect and get along with others, becomes the deciding factor in promotions, transfers and terminations.
In this verse, Paul shares the importance of likeability or ability to connect from another perspective. Paul was not driven by a personal need or concern as to whether or not others liked him. His behavior was motivated by his desire to save souls. Paul was friendly, kind, accommodating, adaptable, and obliging for one reason and one reason only. His driving desire was to lead others to Christ.
As Christians, we must look at our own behavior every day, at work, in the grocery store, with our family or hanging out with friends and ask ourselves, “Am I accommodating? Do I determine what others need and figure out a way to give them what they need, or is it always about me? Am I more interested in looking like a Christian than I am being Christ-like? Will others see Christ in me? Do I walk the talk, speaking and acting like Jesus? Do I draw people to me or push them away?”
Paul was right, lost souls are watching and their salvation is at stake. Child of God, I encourage you to decide today to “Be Christ-like.” Get your eyes off yourself and on Jesus. Be loving, compassionate, giving and kind. Be a bright light of truth in the darkness, knowing that others will be drawn to your light.
Lord, thank You for Your love and for teaching me how to love others. Help me to “Be Christ-like” at all times as salvation is on the line. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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