Read: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
19Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
In order to share God’s Word and His love, you must know to whom you are talking. When Jesus told a story, his message was focused to the group in front of Him. He knew their lives and their culture and, in doing so, was able to teach them in a way they could understand. Paul says he became like those he was trying to reach with the Gospel. He built trust and understanding first. When struggles in ministry arise, take a look at yourself, and ask God if there is something you need to change to more effectively reach the lost.