“We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God:” (2 Corinthians 6:3-41 NKJV)
There are some people who seem to think that the more they offend people, the stronger their ministry and message is. Paul didn’t think so. I have no doubt that people were offended by Paul’s preaching, because the message of the cross is very offensive, but as a minister of God, he went through a lot of different issues with the same attitude: God loves you and wants to develop a relationship with you. If you keep reading in the passage you’ll note a long string of different circumstances that Paul went through, but in all things he stayed true to the message that God makes forgiveness available to all people through Jesus Christ.
Years ago I worked with someone who would share the gospel and inevitably find some way to make his presentation offensive on a personal level. When the person rejected my co-worker’s presentation, they’d walk away and say, smugly, “Well, they may not have gotten saved, but they sure got told.” I’ve had to make some adjustments in my own life because I realized that many of the things I was talking about to others would cause an offense that would keep people from hearing about the love of Jesus. Just as Paul recognized that “job one” was to proclaim the gospel and help people grow in their faith, I had to realize that I had the same responsibility. I urge you to look at your interactions with people and ask yourself if they lead people toward the love of God or if they set up roadblocks that would keep them from coming to know God’s love and forgiveness. Commend yourself as a minister of God.
Lord, teach me to share Your love and grace with all people. Help me to remember that my one job is to serve as Your minister to a world that needs to be reconciled to you.