Reclining with Sinners

Mark 2: 15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

These verses are some of the most profound to me in the entire gospel.

We cannot spread the gospel to the lost if we never spend time with them or avoid them. Jesus, according to the culture, should have been up in the temple courts of the religious elite, not in dive bars and brothels. And yet we read he sought the hearts of the hardened and beaten down.

It’s hard, very hard, even heart breaking at times when you pour out love as best you can and all you get in return is disrespect about who you are and the choices you make.

But prayer helps and my brothers and sisters in Christ help me through the trials. Still as hard as it is we cannot reach the lost if we are never willing to sit and be with them.

I pray for strength, that each time my heart is broken by a snide comment, a decietful rumor or scathing joke that I am able to abound in love and firmness of who I am. May I always remember how loved I am by God, Christ and all of you who read this daily.

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