The Tax Collectors
In Mark chapter 2, Jesus calls out to Levi as Levi was sitting in a tax booth. Jesus asks Levi to follow him, and so he does. Jesus and Levi then proceed to sit in Levi’s house in the midst of tax collectors and sinners. When the scribes of the Pharisees see Jesus, they are appalled and confused, and ask Jesus how he could sit with sinners. Jesus replies, “Those who are well have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous but sinners” (Mark 2:17)
Never Too Dirty
It seems that many people believe that they have to attain some sort of righteousness or holiness in order to sit at the foot of God, in order to come to church, in order to call unto God for help. But this is so far from the truth.
You are never too dirty or broken for Christ. You CANNOT clean up and become righteous without the help of God. Titus 2:12 states that the Lord is “ training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age” the only one that can train you to be holy and righteous like you intend to be is GOD. God is holiness, God is righteousness, and if you are straying away from Him than you are straying away from those characteristics as well. Your flesh is incapable of pleasing God “ Those who in the realm of flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:8). The Lord understands that we cannot serve Him with our own strength but God expects us to live righteously. God is righteous and Holy, so to live righteously we have to tap into God’s power in us, the Holy Spirit.
It doesn’t matter how broken your past or present feels, God wants to be close to you. The Lord has the power to turn the most sinful person to a servant of Christ. You don’t need to wash anew for God to welcome you; the Lord already did this when He shed blood on the cross. The only thing you need to do today is to REPENT and you will be forgiven “ as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12)
You Have A Seat
“ I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (John 12:46). The Lord has come to take you out of darkness and bring you into light. You cannot move into light if you don’t grab unto the cloth of the light itself. You are loved, you are cherished and you have ownership in the Kingdom of God. Christ has already created a seat for you, now it is your turn to lay claim to that seat. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are too dirty to call unto Jesus, don’t let anyone tell you that your past discredits you or makes you undeserving of God’s love.
So now that you understand that you are not too dirty, too low, to broken to enjoy the love of Christ, what do you do? Well there is only one way and that is salvation. Repent from your past “ repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). Declare Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and watch Him transform your life. There is so much more in store than you could have ever imagined. A Christian life isn’t an easy ride, but it is a very beautiful journey.
What This Means For The Church
I think the church has gotten a bad rep over the years. As the body of Christ, we should uphold a very high standard, but this does not mean that we must push away those that cannot meet the standard off the bat. It is one thing to have a standard and to aid and lead people towards living at that standard. It is another thing to push away people that are willing to meet the standard but are not yet there.
The body of Christ is a sacred place and we should keep it that way. I don’t believe in preaching lukewarm messages or in lowering Christ’s standards just to please the public. Standards need to be maintained, but with love.
Jesus was open to sinners like Tax collectors, than we should be too. There is NO ONE without flaw, so let us share our stories. Our testimony is a revelation of God’s power. Let us open our doors to EVERYONE so that we may teach them the ways of the Lord.
Father God, I pray that whoever is reading this post and feels unworthy of your love will now know that your hands are wide open, ready for them. Lord I pray that they will allow you to encompass their atmosphere so that they may walk the walk and talk the talk. Heavenly father I declare success, love and passion over their lives. I ask that any chains and baggage that they carry that reminds them that they are unworthy will be broken in Jesus name. You are the only way Lord, and today I pray that everyone will know this.
Lord protect the body of Christ and allow the church to be a home that your children can go to. If anyone reading this has been hurt by a church, in Jesus name you will heal them and place them into a church home that will value them. You came for the unclean and not those that are perfect oh Lord, remind us this when we hide from you. In Jesus’s name, Amen.