October 21, 2015

Matthew 9_13

Matthew 9:9-17

Once, I met a man named Greg. Greg was homeless. He was one whom society overlooked or avoided. Still, Greg was a member of our community, a person created by God, a sinner in need of redemption. Who would have thought that such a man would soon become my best friend?

People like Greg are not new to society; the world has been busy ignoring them for thousands of years. When we read the gospels we meet Greg many times over. We meet Greg the leper, Greg the blind beggar, Greg the lost and forgotten. The world shuns such people, yet Jesus meets Greg and invites him to follow.

Jesus came to heal the sick and forgive the sins of many. His mission often led him to associate with the dregs of society. The Pharisees were always quick to point out Jesus’ “misdeeds.” Heal on the Sabbath? Associate with prostitutes and sinners? Dine with a tax collector? The Pharisees weren’t willing to do such things, the stakes were too high. They had reputations to protect and laws to follow.

Jesus overcomes all this. He loves those whom society deems unlovable, opens his arms, and invites the sinner to follow. Thanks be to God.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ; your love is immeasurable and your grace sufficient. Keep us close forever. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.

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One Response to October 21, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    We all have had our “Greg’s” in our lives. I have had many. Those we don’t want to be seen with, those we know we should help. But do we all need Jesus? Are we not supposed to follow His example in our own lives. “Fast Eddy” was at one time the city’s greatest running back. He received scholarships from various colleges. His career was cut short by an aneurysm. The last I saw him, he had a guardian to care for him. He would show up at our church asking for money. I knew the money would be used for alcohol, so I loaded him up in my work van and took him through a drive through to get a meal. He asked for 2, he wanted one for his guardian. Random acts of kindness is not only good for the recipient, it is also good for the givers heart.

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