Quick Thought Thursday: My Beloved Brothers & Sisters

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Matthew 8-10.

“While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.” ~Matthew 9:10

When was the last time you had dinner at “a sinners” house? Oh man, that means you have to not only know a sinner, but you have to know them well enough to be welcomed into their home!

Wow, that’s dangerous, that’s sketchy, what if their sin rubbed off on you? How could the Perfect God mingle with sin? How could he taint his perfection with the company of sinners and tax collectors? And yet, that’s exactly what Jesus does!

When did I give so much power to sin? When did I start identifying people as “Sinners” instead of the Sons and Daughters of the Good Father who they are? Was it when I started ignoring sin in my own life to pursue an ugly self-righteousness?

Do I still actually see others, or am I so inwardly focused that I’m blinded to the broken world that Jesus dearly loves? And when I see that world, do I see it with the eyes of compassion; do I see those who are harassed and helpless with the same empathy of Jesus? Do I encourage the hearts of the sons and daughters that Jesus sees, or do I just see “sinners?” Do I see “them and me,” or do I see “us?” Am I content with a faith of comfort, or am I desperately seeking maturity? These are dangerous questions for the immature christian struggling inside me!

Maturity in faith dictates that I step out of my insulated life where I’m surrounded by like-minded people and, full of compassion, follow Jesus into a world filled with his beloved sons and daughters …

my beloved brothers and sisters!

This is what I heard in today’s reading, what do you hear?

#Matthew9:36 #Luke6:35 #John1:12 #Mark2:16-17 #Luke5:30-32

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