Monday, September 26, 2011

Day 16 - Friend of Sinners

Read Matthew 11:1-19 

What  I realized is that in physical appearance, Jesus favored those who would have been kicked out of Bible college and rejected by most churches. Phillip Yancey

There’s nothing to equal the power of a changed life, and there’s nothing that will change a life like God’s forgiving love. Once this has happened to you, you can’t sit still. You have to run get all your friends. And once you experience what it can do for someone else, you’ll be beside yourself, too, just like Jesus.  John Fischer

Somehow I think Jesus would go to parties.  I think he would be able to drive home, remember everything on Saturday morning and have no regrets.  He would have mixed it up with the pagans.  The simple answer we often preach which is insulation and isolation isn’t Christ like and isn’t effective.   Bill Clem, church planter, regional trainer, Sonlife

When friendship is true, unselfish, and forgiving, there is no sweeter relationship. Jesus wrote the          definition of friendship by His acts of love. No person was too insignificant, too lost, too low for His kind of friendship. He cradled the forgotten child, called to the most loathsome tax collector and invited the racially impure.   Tammi Rudkin

Matthew 11: 19  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Here is a glutton and a      drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." ' But wisdom is proved right by her actions."

Do you ever notice the people who were most comfortable around Jesus. It was the scum of  the earth in the eyes of the religious people.  Jesus hung out with all the wrong people, prostitutes, tax collectors, the party crowd.  Jesus got a bad reputation, but it didn’t seem to bother him. He wore ‘friend of sinners’ as a badge of honor.  Jesus lived a missional life.  In a day when the religious people had worked hard to abstain from all appearance of evil, there was Jesus getting lumped in with the lot of them.

How would people outside the church describe you?

How can you live a more missional life?

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