As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, Follow Me. So, He arose and followed Him. Matthew 9:9 NKJV
Jesus is calling us to follow Him today!
Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? Matthew 9:10-11 NKJV
If Jesus was living among us today He would eat with alcoholics, drug addicts, gang members and dishonest businessmen. Would we wonder why? Would we realize we are all sinners? Some of us just happen to be saved!
When Jesus heard that, He said to them. Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. Matthew 9:12-13 NKJV
Jesus came to bring healing to the sick and lame. He came to restore people who were lost. God expects us to show the same mercy to the sick of spirit and eternally lost today.
Jesus is not calling us to sit in the pews of our churches and preach to each other. He is calling us to lead people to salvation through our witness of His mercy. Jesus is calling us to be people of tolerance and acceptance!
The words tolerance and acceptance have become distorted and misunderstood. Satan uses these buzz words to separate people from Jesus. He uses them to isolate Christians from people who have been deceived. He uses them to marginalize our witness.
The people of God should be the most accepting and tolerant of all people.
We can be a witness of God’s mercy if we are accepting of the lost the lonely and the brokenhearted. Accepting people means loving them as worthy of honor and respect.
Tolerance does not require that we compromise truth. It means loving people regardless of what they believe or how they live.
Love requires that we speak the truth of God’s Word. We must ask Him to help us speak the truth in love without judgment or condemnation. God loves sinners. He loves us!
The Lord is calling us to share the message of Salvation with people regardless of the sin that so easily besets all of us. Jesus is calling us to continue His ministry of reconciliation today!
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