Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming to hear him. But the Pharisees and the experts in the law were complaining, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:1)
Which group do you find yourself in? Jesus told us to judge ourselves first. Our motives are revealed by what we say or do. We complain or murmur and God sees it all while those whose hearts are yearning for God’s touch are coming to hear. The sight is not pretty.
Stop and look at this group of tax collectors such as Matthew and Zacchaeus and the sinners such as the Samaritan woman at the well. They sit on one side of the aisle or church and on the other side are you and I. Jesus sat and ate with the tax collectors and sinners. Do you and I? If truth be known, we play favorites; we choose to sit either alone or apart from those whose touch might rub off on us.
The tax collectors and sinners came to hear Jesus but the religious leaders only came to judge and complain.
Yes, I am a Pharisee and you probably are too. God’s mirror is pretty clear; we do not love others as God did. He proved it by sending His Son. What do my actions reveal to God about my heart?