Jesus is the ultimate acceptor, and since we are called to be like Jesus, so should we be ultimate acceptors. I know we see a lot of things that people wear, say, and do that we may not find tasteful. As a matter of fact some of us become instantly offended the minute they are exposed to people, or events that they don’t understand. I have heard people talk about walking out of restaurants, because they are disgusted their waiters have a tattoo on their necks. I see memes insisting that people with holes in their faces, and covered in tattoos, can’t possibly want better for themselves.
I read articles that women aren’t modest enough, because they work out in yoga pants. I hear people tearing apart parents, because they turn their back to handle their other children for a split second, and something awful happens. I have witnessed with my own eyes and ears a pastor tell his whole congregation that if you wear all black you are not welcome at the church doors; and if you are a woman and you want to be a part of “HIS” church you will wear dresses and skirts (That single act kept me out of church for 4 years until the Lord pointed me in the direction of Cornerstone FMC). I have seen the homeless get pushed, screamed at, and spit on, because they asked for money. I have got to ask where is the welcoming arms of Jesus in this?
In the book of John shortly after Jesus performs the miracle of feeding the crowd with just a few loaves of bread and a few fish, and then later on he walks on water, the crowds go looking for Jesus. Now to get into the types of people who were in these crowds, they were the poor, the unwanted, the ones that went to bed hungry just about every night. A lot of them were the “undesirables” of society. As you can imagine not only was food scarce, but so was a full belly and a peace of mind. So, the crowd catches up to Jesus finally and they are asking where’d you go? What kind of miracles are you going to do so that we know it’s you? He reassures them to have faith in him, that he is the bread sent from his father, and not Moses, he is the one that was prophesied about. He is the one that saves them, and fulfills them ( John 6:25-33).
He goes on to say in John 6: 37-38 Amp, 37 All that My Father gives Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, never reject anyone who follows Me]. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me. Do you see what he is saying here? “All” meaning “everyone” that turns to the Lord will never be rejected; will never be turned down, they are accepted and saved, because that is what our Heavenly Father wants him to do. Do you see the verb in this? This is deliberate. This is a mission. He is loving and accepting to us no matter who we are, what we’ve done, what we look like, or how we even take our coffee, because that is what the Lord wants done!
If we are called to love like Jesus, and to be more like Jesus, aren’t we to do the same? He looks past our tattoos, our scars, our dirty houses, our perfections, and imperfections and he loves us. He loves us and saves us just the way were are. I am in no way saying that when you come to God you don’t have to repent, and build a relationship with the Lord. I am in no way saying that you can continue to live a sinful life. I am saying how are we going to lead people to the Lord if our words and our actions don’t have an open arm policy as the Lord’s. How are we going to show people Jesus if there isn’t a fraction of him in us to show? This isn’t just our will, and our mission folks…this is the deliberate mission from God himself.
Stop being critical, and start being loving ❤