Luke 15:1-2 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
The opening of Luke 15 is something we have all experienced. Our godly intention is met with criticism. Jesus drew the sinners to Him, they wanted to learn and be molded by the Savior. However, the Pharisees and scribes in their self-righteousness turned their noses up and scoffed. Why would Jesus, in all His glory and holiness want to encourage sinners to come to Him? Wasn’t He afraid of becoming like them? Wasn’t He familiar with the Books of the Law given by Moses?…. (Laughable I know!) Yet, there they were standing with their arms folded looking on, whispering in disgust, and asking, why? Why would anyone want to sully their reputation by consorting with filthy sinners?
♦Do you remember the last time you helped someone who may have had a less than desirable occupation? Or given your ear to a troubled soul that hadn’t been saved and their language was laced with profanity? When was the last time you embraced someone that didn’t have the best hygiene? Whew! ♦ But Jesus did! He met people where they were in order to turn their hearts to His.
When we criticize others because of their spiritual, physical, financial, or academic placement is it to lift them up or push them down? Treating others with love and respect is what we are called to do. The next time we look at someone in disgust because of their outward appearance let us remember that God sees our hearts.
What is your heart seen doing?
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