A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke while He walked alongside us. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.
- Thanks for joining me today for "A Little Walk with God." I'm your host Richard Agee.
- Here’s an odd question that you probably shouldn’t know, but should make you think about the welcome your church provides. How many alcoholics, drug addicts, prostitutes, and adulterers visit your congregation regularly?
- John 9:35-37
- The religious leaders banished him [the blind man Jesus healed] from their presence. Jesus heard what had happened and sought out the man.
Jesus: Do you believe in the Son of Man?
Formerly Blind Man: I want to believe, Lord. Who is He?
Jesus: You have seen His face with your new eyes, and you are talking to Him now.
- In the Sunday School class I’ve been attending the last couple of weeks, we talked about the way the church has done exactly what the religious leaders of Jesus’ day did.
- Drug addicts
- We don’t want anything to do with “those” people
- We don’t want to tarnish our congregation with the wrong kind of people
- We even take our dislike for anyone that doesn’t agree with us to the streets
- But is God happy with our approach?
- Jesus ate with tax collectors, prostitutes, thieves, the people the Pharisees and religious leaders wouldn’t come near
- Until you build a relationship with someone they won’t listen to what you have to say
- He never condoned their sinful action
- But He still loved them as one of God’s creations
- Jesus saw the potential of what God could make them instead of what sin had made them
- Remember the woman caught in adultery?
- Who can say they have never sinned?
- No matter how large or how small, disobedience separates us from God
- Look at that first act that banished Adam from God’s presence, he ate fruit from a forbidden tree, how horrible is that compared to the sins we think are so much more egregious than something we might do
- Paul’s list
- These separate us from God as surely as murder, kidnapping, rape, homosexuality, or any other law you might bring to mind
- With that in mind, how should we change our approach personally and as churches to all those Jesus would have befriended? Don’t you think it’s time we welcome them instead of tossing them out?
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