Mark 2:17 “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.”
Jesus was criticized, by the Pharisees, for spending time with sinners and tax collectors. The Pharisees wanted to have nothing to do with such men. They literally wanted to keep themselves separate from the world. The word says we are to do so, but by “world” it does not mean worldly people. God loves ALL men. He desires for all to be saved. He loves every “sinner”.
Jesus said, “I came for sinners!” The righteous – those righteous in their own eyes – such as the Pharisees – did not feel a need for the salvation of God. In their own eyes they were “good enough” to merit God’s favor.
The sinners, by contrast, were drawn to Jesus for he loved them as they were. They knew they were sinners in need of a Savior, and that is why Jesus came for them. Such one’s just need to be loved into the Kingdom, not judged or condemned.
In our churches, we so often focus on the saved, but rarely focus on the lost around us. We “do” church week in and week out, but often forget or ignore the many lost and needy around us, going to an eternity without God.
We expect the world to come to us and rarely take it out of the four walls of the church. But, for the most part, the world wants nothing to do with the church. Jesus ate with sinners. He hung out with them (not all the time – we still need fellowship with believers).
But I believe He truly loved them. They weren’t just a “project”. He loved on them and showed them, by His life, what it meant to be a Child of God.
To be a child of God means to, first of all, know you are loved and then in turn, you become a lover. A true believer is a “lover”. We should be known by love. Love God and love others! That, Jesus said, sums up all the commandments.
Just love! Hang out with the lost. Don’t isolate yourself to just Christian friends. Let the love of God rub off on those around you. Let the world see what a true authentic child of God is.
Look for opportunities to minister to the needs around you. Invite your neighbors or people in need into your home for dinner, and don’t try to convert them on the first try. Just allow God’s love to flow from you and allow the Spirit to move in their hearts.
Trust God. He can open up doors, hearts and conversations. Let’s ask God for the lost in our churches and in our lives. Let’s not put all our focus on the saved.
In the parable of the lost sheep, God left the ninety-nine sheep and went looking for the one lost sheep. That doesn’t necessarily seem smart if you’re going to build a church, but that is God’s heart. God is not willing that any should perish.
God give us your heart for the lost.