The Father’s Attitude to the Lost.
This is just going to be writing that expounds on LOVE being the foundation of the New Creation Realities. As a believer in Christ, do you know the attitude of God towards Sinners and the Lost? Do you know what Jesus thinks of them? Do you know how you are to approach them?
More questions. What is the foundation of your Christian Faith? Where do you draw your Christian attitudes from? Whose Life do you pattern yours after? Is it from your Pastors, Spiritual leaders, Godly Parents or the Lord, Jesus Christ? Indeed, if it is Jesus, and I’m here to put it to you that it should be, you can only draw inferences from his Word? His Word is the one Blueprint. That’s the only place where you see his behaviour, attitude, character, personality- everything.
And that’s why I’m going to be drawing all my references from the Scriptures. Line upon line, precepts upon precepts, we shall together examine scriptures, to see how that LOVE is the foundation of the New Creation Realities.
The First is going to be from the Book of Matthew Chapter 9 vs 10-13.
Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”.
It’s good to have a questioning mind, but is it the right one you’ve got? Are you like the Pharisees, asking all the wrong questions? “Why is her skirt short?” “Why is his hair dyed Gold?” “How can you associate with someone like her?” “How can I be found with you?”
“For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Here’s a foundation: The primary reason he came was to call sinners to repentance. This takes every focus upon the face of the earth to “bad people”. The righteous/good ones aren’t the focus of the Lamb. Of course, you are blessed and have your place. But this is the shape of Heart of the King.
There are innocent times where we get lost ourselves and forget this. We engulf ourselves in the totality of our righteousness and seek out only other believers. We relegate the sinners, and they can’t sit with us, nor eat bread at our table. Are sinners drawn towards your Light, the way they were drawn to Jesus? Are you open to them? Are they open to you? If you are not, it is okay now to see the attitude of Jesus to the Lost 🙂
I LOVE the account in Luke Chapter 7 vs 36-43, 47. It’s one of my most beautiful stories.
Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with Him. And he went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping. She began to wash His feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair on her head, and she kissed his feet and anointed them with fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he spoke to himself saying, “This Man, if he were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner. And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you” so he said, “Teacher says it”. “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors, One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more”. And he said to him, “You have rightly judged”. “Therefore I say to you, her many sins, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
The Bible describes her as a sinner. Isn’t it funny how sinners are always attracted to Jesus? Perhaps we should check it when the lost run away from us rather than tilt towards our Light. Jesus pointed out the inadequacies of the Pharisee when he condemned her, which is what happens when we do too. We show forth our inadequacies.
Here, in this story, we come to understand that it doesn’t matter the magnitude of sins the sinner bears on his shoulders- He who is forgiven much loves much. And we were all forgiven. Once upon a time, little or much.
I could go on and on. Like with the account of the prodigal son. How the Father stands at the balcony, looking out, agitated, waiting for the lost sons to return home. Or the adulterous woman – whose very hope was lost, she expected judgment from the King for her wrongs, but Grace was the pure verdict. Or the Lost Sheep, how he would leave all the 99 healthy ones to go for the one palsy sheep that has lost its way. Oh, this is really God’s attitude towards the Lost. It’s never one of condemnation! Today, I charge and exhort you into a space of self-reflection. That we always consciously remember to look upon unbelievers with the eyes of Love, approach their stories with the heart of Love, and on the knees of prayers, Plead their Cause. If you struggle with this, keep on studying the scriptures. The Human way of Love is not the same as the Divine way of Love, and sometimes- if not every, can’t be carried out on the wings of the flesh. That is your own natural will.
Pray that your Love abounds more and more towards others. (Philippians 1 vs 9). It’s not just a call to you alone, it is also a call to me.
“If you gave your life to Love them, So Will I.”
By Tega Sakpere.