Apr 1st 2021 · Day 91
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There is an introduction at the start of Luke 15 that leads us into the sequence of parables that follow. Though often overlooked, it is of great importance as it unlocks the context, relevance and importance of what follows; but its greatest importance is that it gives us insight into the heart of Jesus.
It simply says, ‘Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, ‘This man receives sinners and eats with them’ (Luke 15:1-2).
There is an often-quoted saying that ‘those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it’. Unfortunately, the attitude the Pharisees displayed here is not always absent from the twentieth-first century Christian community. While many Christians pray that they will be like Jesus, and even more pray that others will be more like Jesus, we miss that being like Jesus is to commit yourself to the least, the last and the lost. When Jesus took on humanity and walked throughout the land of Israel, even though He healed the sick, raised the dead, set people free, not everyone liked what they saw.
Today, as God seeks to move in power through His Church, not everyone will like what they see. What if God chooses to spend His resources, ie, the time of the leaders, the money and facilities of the local church, on the equivalent of ‘tax collectors and sinners’? Will we repeat the heart of Jesus or the hate of the Pharisees?
Pause and reflect: How we react to God’s choices are the greatest choices we face in life. Today, let His choices determine yours.
Alan and his wife Paula have been a part of Victory Church since 2016. They have served in a number of different ministries and locations during that time. They are both also a part of Prayer Centre Wales and share the passion for prayer to return to the heart of the nation.
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