How does the world see you?



Mark 2:13-17    Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners

13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

In your daily life, how do you live?  How do you act to others?  How do others see you?

As Christians we are called to follow in Christs example, led by the holy spirit and to be a beacon and a light for others.  As we strive to follow the Lords example we should use the Scriptures as a good guide seeing how He viewed others and how he acted towards those still living in darkness.

As Christians and as a church, we should strive not to judge others but to show love to others, to be warm and welcoming to others we meet.  When people attend church services, functions or just come across us in everyday life, it is with hope that we meet them with a warm and welcoming attitude.  Not looking at their lifestyle, their past, whether they are known as troublemakers, suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, or any other lifestyle choices you may not agree with.  Let us look past any of that and show genuine love, care and compassion for their potential.  Each of us has a past and not only fell short of being worthy of salvation but continue to fall short but we have a Lord who forgives us an loves us no matter how often fall short or what our past was.

Our Lord sat down with not only those striving to live a righteous life but also with tax collectors and sinners, not isolating himself that he only mixed with or ate with those walking in the light. So let us look at our lives and live to be warm, friendly and welcoming to those we encounter each day and those who come to church that their first visit might not be the last but the first of many!

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