During Jesus’ ministry He went to the places no one wanted to go, to find the worst people He possibly could. He ministered to tax collectors, prostitutes, and even Samaritans (who were hated and looked down upon by the Jews). This is what Jesus was sent here to do: become the way for sinners to come to God.
Jesus had just called Matthew to become His disciple, so that night Matthew invited Jesus and His desciples to dinner along with Matthew’s “fellow tax collectors and many other notorious sinners.” Of course, when the Pharisees saw this they were grumbling and asked: “Why does He eat with such scum?” (Mark 2:17) “When Jesus heard this, He told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor- sick people do. I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough.”
Today are we more like the grumbling Pharisees or like Jesus? When you see a new person at church who doesn’t fit into the typical “church mold” do you automatically think less of them or do you show them love?
As Christians we need to reach out to all different types of people not just those people who are from the same background as us. That “church mold” needs to be broken; salvation isn’t limited to a certain race, gender, age, or socioeconomic group.
John 15:12 “I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you.”
Jesus loves sinners, and we are called to do the same. So, are you loving others the way you should?