There is nothing that makes me more brokenhearted than
In fact, I don’t even identify myself as one at times. As a Christian, that is.
I am a Jesus follower, a fisher of men, a believer, a lover of the lost, a child of the creator and the Great I AM, broken yet healed, was lost yet now I am found……a SINNER yet forgiven.
Quite recently I have given this much thought. Up until 12 years, 7 months and 5 days ago, I WAS one of those people, those unsatisfied, angry, self-centered people just trying to make it until Friday. Yelling at the waitresses and customer service representatives because there was pain and despair so deep I lashed out at anyone that I felt didn’t give me the importance I deserved. One of the 100’s, that we believers, pass each day in our cars on the way to work, on the corner as we run into Starbucks, in the grocery aisles as we hurry to grab dinner, and in the same churches we attend on Sundays.
They are slow to move over from the fast lane because they are in deep thought about their dying parent, they are taking a long time in the grocery check out because they are organizing their coupons to afford the few items on the counter, they are worried about the future after reading the news headlines and confused, they YELL because there is pain in their souls, they go through the week/months/years without HOPE and think that this is all there is, and they sit in the back of the church as to not be seen.
THEY ARE LOST, WE WERE LOST….
Jesus cares about the person actively in sin right now. He commands us to care about that person actively in sin right now.
**NEWSFLASH even after you are saved you are actively in sin daily**
Jesus didn’t wait for Matthew or Zacchaeus to repent and put down their tax records and pens, He didn’t wait for the woman to leave the adulterous bedroom and seek Him out or the Roman centurion to beg for forgiveness for the murders he likely committed before He raised his daughter from the grave. Jesus met His children where they were at, right at that moment. He accepted them in their unholiness because He knew that by showing them his MERCIFUL (a gift that is NOT deserved) love their heart changed and they saw the unconditional and Godly love for what it is and that they didn’t deserve it but that God was offering it.
WHAT? You love me where I am at? Yes, He loves us where we are at. So maybe we should be loving that drug addict, alcoholic, sexual offender, homeless and “unclean”, gossiping, angry, homosexual, deceitful, lying, smart-mouthed, rude, disrespectful (teenager)….right where they are at and turn that finger into a handshake or a hug. Create a relationship without thought to what we are getting in return, step outside of our nice comfy, comfort zone and the Holy Spirit will do the rest. We are just commanded to LOVE….
BE KNOWN FOR WHAT WE ARE FOR – NOT WHAT WE ARE AGAINST
** To the non Christians passing through – Please consider Jesus on HIM and what He preached, not by how an IMPERFECT believer (myself included) behaved while representing HIM.
Luke 19:1-10 NLT
Jesus and Zacchaeus
19 Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. 2 There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. 3 He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.
5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”
6 Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. 7 But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.
8 Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”
9 Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man[a] came to seek and save those who are lost.”