“The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.”
–We make some grave mistakes in our evaluation of others. We look for those who might be good “church material”…ones who would fit in. We need to stop that. There are plenty of people who dress right, act nice, and can put on a Sunday face…but they really don’t belong in church. Not yet.
–My husband has said that church is not a museum, it is an infirmary. Who do you find in an infirmary? Sick ones. Wounded ones. Ones who are not whole. Ones who are in desperate need of help, and they know it. They have come to the place where they want help. The Bible has a word for this: seeking.
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
–God is not playing a game of “Hide and Seek”…He wants to be found. I believe more than anything else, He wants us to be looking for Him.
–I think when we get to Heaven, we will be surprised at who is there. The congregation there will include so many that we would bypass as “good candidates”…for the reasons mentioned above. You know, there are people we automatically can write off just because we can’t see the heart. So we do what humans do…we judge by outward appearances. I am so grateful God does not do that. Think of the people your human nature would tell you not to bother with, the ones you look at and right away you mentally scratch them off your list. Ask yourself why. Dirty? Heretical? Unkempt? High maintenance? Nasty? Annoying? Addicted? Distasteful? Repulsive? Rude? Needy? Oh friends, we all are limping through this life, and every adjective I just used could have been used to describe you and me, when our souls are viewed through God’s perfectly holy eyes. Do you agree? What made the difference? I’ll tell you what. Those same eyes, that glorious, omnipotent gaze, is also entirely and fervently loving. Be those eyes for someone today. I’ll try, too.
If you want to know more about seeking (and finding!) God, click here.
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