Week 34 11/20/2016
Title of drawing: "An Invitation" ( Luke 19: 1 -10)
Most every part of our lives involves a decision. Like it or not we pass some sort of estimation, evaluation, or determination on everything everyday. Regarding social status, success, personality, identity, moral choices, ethical choices, physical appearance, and heredity there are plenty of attributes for categorization, whether in or out of our control, that account for layers of judgement.
Who is this person turned away from us in this drawing? Accessing someone based on appearance, public preferences, or their job doesn't equal knowing someone. Jesus goes beyond these surface level judgements to show his love for us. In fact he even goes through and beyond our sin because his love leads to repentance. Only the authentic pure love of God can redeem someone. He did this with Zacchaeus and he does this with us.
The people we think we know based on our limited engagements with them have the same spiritual need for love and forgiveness as we do. How often do we pre-judge someone to the point of denying them the opportunity to experience God's never stopping, always and forever love for them through us. Not us but Jesus in us makes the difference. John 5:25 reminds us of this, “I assure you: An hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
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