I heard a speaker say once if you to really change your life, read a Gospel. Really sit down and read it. Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. Take one, read through it, and see what you didn’t see before. Don’t just take other’s words for who Jesus is, but dig down yourself, read the Gospel, see what He did and see what it means to you.
It really will change your life. By the way, not for nothing, when folks ask me where they should start reading the Bible at, I always say Mark. It’s a Gospel, it’s the shortest, and in many ways the easiest to understand. So if you are looking to start reading the Bible, or start specifically with a Gospel, start with Mark.
Today, something really jumped out to me in our reading from Mark 2: 14-17:
14 As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. 15 And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples – for there were many who followed him. 16 When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”
Here’s what always amazes me about Jesus. People that weren’t “righteous” those that were called “sinners” they were drawn to Him like a magnet. They wanted to be around Him. They wanted to know Him. They wanted to be in relationship with Him.
They ate with Him. The invited Him to their homes, where He ate with them. There was something about Him, something about this Jesus that drew “sinners” to Him. (I’m putting sinners in quotation marks, because we are all sinners needing grace. Me, you, everyone. And that’s ok, He came to give us that grace.)
So this where that passage leaves me. What about us? What us that are believers? Are lost folk drawn to us? Are sinners draw to us? Do folks that don’t know Jesus, do they want to be around us like they did around Jesus?
Folks were drawn to Jesus like a magnet. What about us? Are we living out His grace, allowing His grace to shine through us in powerful ways that folks who don’t know Him, want to know Him?
I hope so. I hope we live with such grace and mercy, that folks that don’t know Jesus will want to be around us. Be friends with us, eat with us, laugh with us. Because when we are in relationship with people (just like Jesus was) His grace can change people.
So, today, may we be that magnet. Through God’s grace, may people be drawn to us, so that we can point them to Jesus.
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