So often we just show up not expecting to be fed. Many of us are missing out on the feast God has to offer. Jesus spoke about food a lot in the Bible. He used these examples because they are something we can relate to as humans.
For this son of mine was dead and is alive again he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate. Meanwhile the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what was going on. “Your brother has come” he replied, “and your father has killed the fattened calf because he is safe and sound.” The oldest brother became angry an refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. Luke 15: 24-28
It’s easy for us to judge the world and be angry at the people in it. It’s easy to look at the Grammy’s this past week and feel we’re better than those people because we don’t participate in things like that.
Jesus ate with sinners and met them where they were. He ate with prostitutes and to collectors and was judged for it. He was questioned by the religious leaders and he rebuked them for being like the son who wouldn’t celebrate his brother’s return.
But the pharisees and teachers of the law muttered,”This man welcomes sinners and eats with them”. Luke 15:2
Cleanse your house
”or suppose a woman has ten coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she find it, she called her friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.”
We need to get our own houses in order. We need to have the light of Jesus shining in our own lies and it’s important to get the dirt out of our lives. We need to repent and turn from our sins. Once we clean our houses, we then should share with others.
What are the areas in your life that you need to repent of and give to Jesus?
Cleanse your heart
We need to be careful that we’re not like the older brother. It’s our job to go out into all the world and all the nations. It’s not our responsibility to bring people to Christ, but it is our responsibility to tell others.
We need to be merciful. Merciful: to regard others with sympathy and compassion. Do we look at people as people who need to be loved, or just see them for their outward appearance? We need to purge our ego and self-pride. There is no “us” ad “them”.
There are 3 types of people in the world:
- People that are saved
- People that are unsaved
- People that are going to be saved.
Don’t be okay with the fact that you have salvation. Celebrate and share with your friends. Do we have a heart to make peace? There are no democrats, republicans, etc. we need to stop finding ways to divide ourselves an reach out to those around us.
Don’t be a spectator
One hundred million people are projected to watch the super bowl tonight. Yes, only 92 people will dress for the game tonight. It’s likely that not even al of those will play.
Don’t pat yourself on the back for coming to church, get actively involved in whatever ministry God is calling you to. Go out into the world and look for the lost people in your life. Just like the shepherd left the 99 sheep to find the one that was missing. We need to share the good news about Jesus wherever we have opportunity.
God chose us to go share the gospel when He could have sent angels. God gave each of us a testimony to share and people He’s put in our lives that He wants us to share with. Don’t be just a spectator, watching and criticizing from the sidelines. Get busy looking for the “lost coins” in your life.
Do you welcome people? Do you love people?