Every year I select one of the schools our teens from church attend, and I participate in “See You at the Pole,” joining in solidarity as Christian teenagers pray for their school, teachers, state and Country. Yesterday, I attended a small town school as kids from this rural district have started coming to Church within the past year.
When I walked up to the gathering area, the FCA Sponsor greeted me with a friendly smile and we chatted about the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Chapter at both the Junior and Senior High’s and about the impact these groups are having on campus. To entice students to roll out of bed early on Friday mornings, the club offers donuts and juice. The FCA Sponsor told me a humorous little story about a student’s recent visit to FCA. This student commented to the Sponsor that he
“Didn’t come for any Jesus…I just came for the donuts.”
I love the honesty. However, God uses donuts.
The Apostle Paul said the following:
“For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.” I Corinthians 9:19
What does it mean to “become all things to all people?” Simply put, Paul meant that he would use their own (Jews and Gentiles) beliefs and ways to show them the truth. So, to a religious Jew he would use the law to speak to them, to a Gentile he would use his conscience and culture. Paul met people where they were and pointed them to Christ, ministering without compromising his own faith and convictions. If Paul felt it important to present a person with a donut to spark a conversation about Christ, so be it.
The young man visiting FCA for the doughnuts doesn’t realize:
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Whenever he attends the Friday morning meeting with only a glazed Krispy Kreme in mind, he’s hearing the Word of God proclaimed by a fellow classmate or guest speaker. God promises,
“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
So, young man, keep coming for donuts and God just might grab your heart.
Thank God for Krispy Kreme…..