This week we have a guest post from Colin Maddix:
After sharing a lunch in hospital with a non-Christian friend a few weeks back, I asked myself a question, which I now also ask my Christian friends. Are we wasting too much of the precious time we have left?
Are we spending too much time with "church people" and not enough time with non believers? Are we comfortable with "religious" people, but we put off those who are not? We should all look carefully at what Jesus teaches us:
Matthew 9:10-13 (NASB)
Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” 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.”
Do unbelievers relate to us well? I hope they don’t look at you and I as being holier-than-thou. I hope people enjoy our company because we represent life and joy, that there’s a quality about us that attracts people—believers and sinners alike. Such was true of Jesus. And such was true of Matthew, as he said to his friends, “Come on over to my house and meet the One who has shown such grace and mercy to me.” Do we throw enough "Matthew parties,” to open our hearts and home, a restaurant meal, or recreation time? saying, “I want you to be exposed to the One who’s changed me.”
Examine how you spent your time over the last 30 days? Did it include a "Mathew party"? If not what are you going to do about that?