In the Presence of Sinners

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. – Ephesians 5:1

It was not that long ago (22 years), that I not only was committed to a sin life, I relished, bathed in it. If it were not for a few people of God, believers in Christ, I may have never heard the Gospel, but more importantly, I wouldn’t have seen it lived out. It is so easy for me to get comfortable in my circle of friends and family that honor God and follow His ways, but I am (we are) not called to a life of comfort.

We are called to “go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). All nations can mean people groups of other geographic areas, but it can also mean the nation of sinners. I mean, really think about it. Don’t we live in a nation of sinners? I could, as we all can name those sins so easily. But, the sin that Jesus preached the most against, was pride. Pride in those that thought themselves righteous. Righteous in their own eyes, and own ways. As many Christians, we can see that our righteousness is found in Christ alone, but how many people do we invite on that journey. How many invitations did I give today? The answer is none. None in that, I didn’t share the Gospel in my words, I didn’t offer the plan of salvation openly, I didn’t do any of that. Perhaps we aren’t limited to that. WHAT? Surely we must share His grace and mercy daily? Of course we do, but sometimes that sharing can be in a simple smile, an offer of kindness, a hand of friendship.

You see, Jesus didn’t hug and kiss the “righteous”, He didn’t shake their hands and say howdy (ok, just a bit of Texan thrown in there, but you know what I mean). Jesus reached out to those that were bound to their life of sin. It was by His grace, kindness, mercy and love that we are drawn to know more about Him.

That is the invitation we give without realizing it. In short, walk in Him, and the invitation goes out whether we think about it or not.

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