“Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach.” (Luke 15:1, NLT)
I found this verse very interesting to me when reading through Luke a few months ago. The idea that the notorious sinners often came to Jesus to listen to him really makes me think.
Most often it seems to me that the notorious sinners would rather be caught dead than be stuck gathering around and listening to a Christian these days. Maybe I am wrong. But at the very least, it is interesting to think about.
How did Jesus get the notorious, big time, sinners to want to come hang out and talk to him? Is not this the goal of the church? To bring sinners into the “hospital” and preach the life giving message of the Gospel?
Is what the church is doing now, and even us as Christians, working? Are the downtrodden and broken people coming to you or your church?
Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t.
At the least, I think we should reevaluate whether it is working.
I think we need to stop catering so much to the church people of the world and start focusing on the lost.
Quit thinking about what will encourage and strengthen the saints so much and start thinking about what will enlighten the lost.
Please don’t think I am saying to forget about the Christ follower. I am not saying that. But I am saying that I think we are spending too much time searching for the already found.
Find the lost; not the found.
“But when Jesus heard this, He said, ‘It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. ‘But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” (Matthew 9:12-13, NASB)
“but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matthew 10:6, NASB)
For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. ‘What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? ‘If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. ‘So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.’” (Matthew 18:11-14, NASB)
What are your thoughts? Do you think you have found a good balance between searching for the lost and exhorting the found?