Our Scripture text for today points out Jesus never hesitated to sit down to eat with sinners. He took the initiative in seeking them out. He accepted them as friends, and chose to have close fellowship with them. His response to outcasts provided a new and revolutionary model for both religious and social behavior. … And sadly, it might still be new and revolutionary in our own culture.
There is a lesson in this for us. We do not shut ourselves up in Christianized communities. Rather we seek to befriend the ungodly in order to introduce them to our Lord and Savior.
In befriending sinners, we do not do anything that would compromise our testimony, nor allow the unsaved to drag us down to their level. We take the initiative in guiding the friendship into positive channels of spiritual helpfulness. It is easier to isolate oneself from the wicked world, but Jesus didn’t do it, and neither do His followers.
Steve @ DCC