I enjoy a social networking tool on the internet called Facebook. It allows people to share snapshots of their life, through the photos and comments they post. And it allows people to reconnect with long lost friends…and to stay connected with family and friends who may live even halfway around the world. And what I especially love about it? It allows me to “friend” people who don’t know the Lord…who may have colorful language and colorful lives, if you catch my drift.
But I’ve noticed that makes some Christians uncomfortable…it makes them want to “unfriend” those people. I initially had that same temptation…to avoid being “exposed” to the lifestyle they’re living…especially since it was the same kind of lifestyle I was grateful to have left behind years ago. But what we don’t take enough time to consider is that these are the very people Jesus wants us to reach out to. It’s that kind of person who Jesus ate dinner with…who He listened to…whose lives were changed because He loved them BEFORE their lives changed. I was once that kind of person…were you? Did someone love you and “friend” you, when you were less than loveable? It’s that kind of love that changed my life! And I’m trusting that His love in me will change their life too!
Mark 2:15-17 MSG ~ Later Jesus and his disciples were at home having supper with a collection of disreputable guests. Unlikely as it seems, more than a few of them had become followers. The religion scholars and Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company and lit into his disciples: “What kind of example is this, acting cozy with the riffraff?” Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.”
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