What works for one person might not be the best approach for the next person. We have different personalities, learning styles, backgrounds, intelligences, and we are at different places in our walk with God. Consequently . . .
The way I came to know the Lord might not have affected you the same way.
My approach to personal time with the Lord every day might not be as meaningful to you.
How I memorize Scripture might not work well for you.
The track I need to following in training efforts might not be what you need.
How I teach or how I learn might not fit your learning style.
The Apostle Paul understood this concept and provided implications for us in 1 Corinthians 9:19-22.
- We must get beyond the effects of ministry on ourselves. And, we must guard against projecting our own ways onto others.
Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. (1 Cor. 9:19)
- We need to meet people where they are if we want to have the greatest impact in their lives.
To 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. To 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. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. (1 Cor. 9:20-22a)
- We should avoid cookie cutter approaches when possible and use a variety of means in reaching and ministering to people.
I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. (1 Cor. 9:22b)