I have had a thought on my mind for 2 days now that I want to share with you. Like most people, I feel the most comfortable, and accepted, when I am around people that are pretty much like myself. I was talking to one of my friends in the coffee shop about it this morning.
Most people spend almost, if not all of their time, around people that pretty much think, act, and like the same things that they do. There is nothing wrong with this, and in fact, we all need this kind of fellowship. It’s healthy and should be a part of all of our lives.
I think in addition to this, we should all have a portion of our time spent with people that we have maybe nothing in common with at all. Jesus, our Master Teacher, shows us this pattern in His life. He didn’t only spend His time with His disciples, and others, who believed that He truly was the long awaited for Messiah, God in the flesh, Son of God. He also spent much of His time among the common, messed up people of society. People like me, and maybe you.
“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” (Matt. 11:19).
Jesus was not ashamed to be called a “friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Luke 7:34). The parable of the lost sheep is an example of the work of Jesus going out to seek the lost. This was a problem with the Pharisees, and maybe the Pharisees of our own day. They had no problem with people seeking God, but they had (and have) a real difficulty with God seeking out sinners.
Today, God is still seeking out sinners through His people. No, we aren’t to be like those He is seeking in deeds and actions, but you can be a friend to sinners without taking part in their lifestyles.
Won’t you be a person used by The Lord to seek out His people in the world today??? Here is something for you to think about today.
Until tomorrow, Lord willing,