We received a post from a former facebook friend informing us that she felt that some of the types of people that were listed under our profile were not of God… and that because she does not associate with those types of people… she no longer wanted to be our facebook friend and has now deleted us from her friend’s list…
Well I guess in that case… “Jesus” would not be welcomed on her facebook friend’s list either….
We do not apologize for associating with the same “types” of people that Jesus associated with (sinners… prostitutes… convicts… drug-addicts… gangbangers….alcoholics… adulterers… murderers…., etc….) “but for the “Grace” of God there go I”…. but consider it an high honor and a privilege to serve the ones that Jesus came to serve (i.e the down-trodden… less fortunate… and the rejected and forgotten ones of our society)… who are in the same position in life that some of us were in before we came to the saving Knowledge, Love and Grace of Jesus Christ… As a matter of fact a lot of us Christians looked just like some those “types of people” not too long ago…
When are we going to get out of our “Christian Bubble” and be the “Church” that God has called us to be and stop being on lock-down behind the church walls… sooo heavenly-minded but of no earthly good… The types of people that we choose to associate with are the same types of people that Jesus hung out with and that Jesus came to save… Jesus came to save the “Lost”…. not those that had it all together…. It’s not about you and your little “christian crew”… it’s about reaching the lost at “any” cost for Christ!!!….
Furthermore, Jesus said that you would know his people (not by how much they go to church, quote scriptures and pray)… but by how they “Love” one another… and that especially applies to how we treat, respond to and love those who are not Christians… How will they ever know of the Love of God if we can not even love one another??? Or express the Love of God to those who do not look, act or sound like us… When we begin to allow Jesus to use our mouth.. hands… and feet to extend his “Love” to a hurting and dying world… then and only then… will we will truly become the Church of Jesus Christ that God can use to bring his Kingdom here on earth…
April 23, 2009
Who Did Jesus Hang Out With?
Jesus hung out with the poor, the outcast, the lonely. Sinners, prostitutes, tax collectors, Samaritan “dogs”, women caught in adultery, lepers, cheats, theives, drunkards, idolaters, and murderers. The unclean.
Who do I hang out with?
I’m sitting in the airport in Newark, New Jersey getting ready to board a plane to India. I am traveling to the other side of the planet to encourage our Indian friends serving the Lord in difficult circumstances as they keep shining their light in the darkness. I make this trip every six months and in many ways I dred it. It is exhausting. I feel like I have the flu most of the time because I am so tired. The travel is rigorous and the culture is unfamiliar. There is much that I leave behind left undone. This is my sixth trip to India and in many ways, I know nothing about the country. It is so vast, intricate, and overwhelming. What can I do? What do I have to offer?
Still, I sense God leading me – compelling me to do what I do. God is working in the mountains of Northern India. He is pushing on the structure of Hinduism that keeps this nation bound and one day it will bow the knee to Jesus. People are coming to faith in Christ and the light shines brighter. I get to be a part of that. Humbling.
Still, I am left to face the question, do I live like Jesus at home? It is easy, in a sense, to dine with the poor around the world. It only costs you some money and a week of your time. Plus, you have some cool stories to tell and in your more shameful moments you get to act superior to all of those Christians who don’t do anything in global missions and development work.
But, the true tale of our heart’s condition involves what we do in our day-to-day. Who do we hang out with? Do people see Jesus in us, or do they see religion, rules, and the things that stand between people and God? Jesus came to reconcile men to God. Do we? Jesus tore down the barriers between people and God? Do we? Or, do we, by our own separation from the world into “holy clubs” testify to a god that is aloof, distant, ethereal?
If we want to be holy, we must look to Jesus. He defines holiness. His life is holy. How is it possible to proclaim holiness and not look like Jesus? If I am going to go across the world I have to go across the street. If Jesus is leading me, my life will look like His. As I sit in the airport in New Jersey, I have to deal with Jesus. Always Jesus.
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“While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. (Matthew 9:10-13)”
(Jesus Hanging With His Homies!!!)