Eating In The Dark With Jesus

January 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Matthew 9:11 “And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?'”

 

The religious folk always speak up, don’t they? Their questions are always self-righteous. Their questions always have a built-in motivation to separate the Christ follower from the darkness.

What if God never intended us to be separate from the darkness? What if instead, God wants us to bring light into the darkness? After all,  It’s not like God is afraid of the darkness. Psalm 139:12 declares, “even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

When was the last time you invited someone who is just rude, crude, and vile to have dinner with you?

I much rather look at my life not so much as a person who avoids darkness at all cost, but rather, I consider my life as a carrier of God’s light, marching through a dark world picking up broken people and showing them the King.

Have a great day; darkness is calling and I must eat with the sinners. I’ll be in good company. Jesus will be there.

P.S. How did Jesus answer the self-righteous?

Matthew 9:12 “On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

You can only LEARN WHAT THIS MEANS by going and doing. Just saying.

 

Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion

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