This is my last message/post on the topic of being STUCK! These messages were/will be preached at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Augusta (website: crossroadschurchinaugusta.com). How do we Jesus-followers sometimes get STUCK on the issue of SINNERS?
The reality is we are simply not like the Lord Jesus who was a friend of sinners. Let’s admit it. We’d rather spend our time with fellow-believers than reach out to the lost.
Our text for this topic is Matthew 11 where we read:
16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
17 “‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 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 deeds.”
Both Jesus and John the Baptist were mocked by their contemporary culture. John the Baptist was thought to be demonized because of his austere lifestyle. Jesus was charged with being a glutton and a drunkard because of His indulgence in food and drink. Both austerity and enjoyment were areas of judgment for Jesus’ culture. Jesus was neither a glutton nor a drunkard, but His social interaction with “sinners” opened Him up to such accusations.
I want to be like Jesus. I want to be a friend of sinners. If that is true, what steps must I take to get more like Jesus, to get unSTUCK in this area? Please write out one step you will take in this area in the comment section below. And thank you for sticking with me in this series!