Such scandal in today’s reading! In Luke 15:1-2, Jesus was accused of associating–and even eating with–sinful people! In other places these people are referred to as “scum” (Matthew 9:11 and Luke 5:29). We reserve “the scum of the earth” title for especially mean-spirited people, don’t we?
Surely Jesus came to bring peace, joy and hope to the poor and downtrodden. But mean, wicked people? Why would He want them? There must be a line drawn somewhere, right?
Each and every individual is of infinite worth to the Creator of all. Each and every individual deserves the right to choose life or death, by choosing to follow Christ or reject him.
We cannot look at a person and assign an eternal value to their soul based on their behaviors here on earth. We just don’t know enough!
“The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Jesus came for all. He went looking for those who had been given up on. All are valuable.
May we have eyes to see the eternal worth of everyone around us, whether or not they “fit the bill” in our eyes for the Kingdom of God.
May we not be concerned about what others think of us as we spend time with those others might deem “undesirable.”
May our light shine for those who desperately need to see it.
Jesus “came to seek and save those who are lost” (Luke 19:10). May we follow in his footsteps, and become guilty by association!
I’m reading through Luke one chapter a day in December. Today is December 15, so we’re in Luke 15. You can read along!