Good morning. Happy Tuesday to you all. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to be alive to see another day.
TFTD: Don’t forget where you came from
Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
This morning during my devotional period God took me to Matthew 9:10-15, Mark 2:13-20 and Luke 5:27-35. Several things stood out to me in these scriptures, but what I wanted to share today was this;
In the scripture Jesus went to Levi, a tax collector, and asked him to Follow Him (this is a power message all by itself, may touch on that another day), Levi followed Jesus and then prepared a big feast for Him. During this time we have to understand that tax collectors were looked at as terrible people. Then we come to the place where the Pharisees asked Jesus why he would eat with the tax collectors and sinners thus bringing us to today’s blog.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Don’t forget where you came from
Today the churches are plagued with “high and mighty” believers. They walk around with their noises turned up at people because of 1. their past, 2. their appearance, 3. their conduct and so forth. People come to church looking for Jesus and then you have the “Super-Christian”, as I would like to call them, turn around to Jesus (much like the Pharisees did) and ask, why is He welcoming or entertaining sinners. I want to take a moment to remind everyone, that we ALL have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). It’s important not to forget where you came from.
It wasn’t too long ago that you didn’t look the part, act the part, sound the part, your past and some of your present actions don’t look to great, but God is so awesome that He saved by grace and not based on what we do or don’t do. It’s important for us as believers to remember where we came from in order to reach the people God assigns to us today. God reminded me through His word that people come to the hospital when they are sick. Guess what, sick people don’t look the best. I know when I’m sick I look a little pale, eyes are watery and the list goes on. But when I go see the doctor, he can prescribe what I need to get better. See, Jesus is the Great Physician and He saw each and every one of you when you were lost in sin. He didn’t turn you away because of your past, so don’t turn anyone else away because of their past.
God is a redeeming God and He has brought you to a place beyond your mistakes. Now remember where you came from in order to remain humble and minister to the hearts of the sinners who need Christ today. Don’t turn them away because they don’t look like you, act like you, or think like you. If God can change you, surely He can change someone else.
I pray you have a blessed day in the Lord. Allow God to use you to minister to someone today.
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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