“Surrounded by “Undesirables”?”
What does that word even mean? I am sure you have had an experience where someone you knew was hanging out with another person that made you think, why is he hanging out with that person? Certainly, there are better people to hang out with, even hanging out with me would be better than hanging with that person.
But what does Jesus have to say about this?
Please read the following verses.
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.”
It takes time to build trust when you are helping someone learn more about the Lord.
We might think it easier to surround ourselves with believers who are not quite as apt to let you down.
Follow Jesus’ example, spend time with whoever needs to hear of Christ’s salvation.
Who did Jesus have around Him? Sinners. I am glad He had sinners around Himself because I AM A Sinner. We all are sinners. As believers, prayerfully we are sinning less. And it is good to spend time with other believers. However, we must remember, we need to help non-believers know who Christ is. We cannot do that unless we have relationships with them.
Sometimes we (all churches) have people coming and we might shake our heads at the lifestyle they have. However, we want these troubled people to come. I pray that the NPCOB will always be known as a hospital for sinners rather than a museum of saints.