By Ben Adkins
How many times did Jesus offend those who thought they had it all together? How many times does that happen today? Better yet, how many times has he offended you with the call to follow him and him alone with a heart abandoned?
To the Jews, an invitation of salvation to the gentile dogs seemed like heresy. Not only did God offer salvation, but He also offered us the opportunity to be a part of His Kingdom in the roles of ambassadors, priests, and kings. This was crazy talk to the chosen people of Israel. It was heresy. They did not understand God’s view of who Israel really is (including us gentiles as well).
He came in the most humble way to provide a way for us sinners to be with Him forever.
He ate with tax collectors.
He let women be His followers.
He hung out with sinners.
He elevated lowly prostitutes.
He healed the broken, inside and out.
He offers to do the same today through His body, the church.
The teachings of God’s only Son turned everything that was understood on its ear in such a way that frustrated the closed-minded and self-righteous. Yet, the one with open eyes could see the truth of this kingdom invitation.
What an offer! We can now experience life in the Kingdom of God, cleansed from our past sin, freed from the present struggle with sin through the power of the Holy Spirit within us, and freedom from the presence of all sin when we are with Him face to face at home in heaven.
So, when you are feeling like you are not worthy to be a part of this and your sin is too ugly, you are wrong; it is much, much worse.
You have been separated by your own sin that you did on purpose in order to follow your own way and you turned up your nose at your creator. You deserve your paycheck: death and hell.
But, this is the beauty of God’s grace. You don’t deserve it, yet He made a way through His perfect sacrifice for you to be an integral part of His Kingdom.