“Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” -1 Corinthians 10:32-33
In today’s reading, Apostle Paul uses himself as an example. During the times of the first church, there was a lot of tension between the Moses’s law and Jesus’s teachings. A prime example of this was food. The Jewish law has detailed instructions on what the Jews could and could not eat. On the other hand, the apostles preached that God told them they could eat anything as long as they prayed over it. As Apostle Paul traveled around from country to country, he encountered all sorts of people with many different beliefs. He could have proudly touted his opinions and began to grow a following behind his teachings, but instead, he focused on preaching the Gospel so that many would be saved.
The lesson to us is this: don’t go around trying to offend people just to make a point or be one of those people who sticks to legalism blindly. If you know something is going to offend another believer, don’t do it in his or her presence if at all possible. If you know another believer who expects women to dress a certain way, then when you’re around them, humble yourself and dress accordingly. Because this level of humility and respect for fellow believers is incredibly precious in the Lord’s eyes.
This life is not about making your name known or building a tribe around yourself and your beliefs. It’s about living a peaceful life and spreading the Gospel to those who haven’t yet accepted Jesus as their savior. Do everything for the glory of God.