A Friend of Sinners
“For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by all her children.” - Luke 7:33-35
John the Baptist, with his desire to please God and maintain an intimate relationship with God, was viewed as being extreme in his devotion to the Lord. He refrained from eating and drinking.
Then he was accused of being demon possessed.
When Jesus arrived on the scene he was accused of being a glutton and a winebibber and a friend of sinners. In others words he kept bad company.
What a wonderful accusation to be known as “a friend of sinners” - a person, who has the sinner at heart, who befriends the sinner, the outcast from society, to help and bring them to a place of freedom and joy in Christ.
Jesus did not isolate Himself from society but mixed easily with people. His object was to influence them for good.
If Jesus had kept Himself aloof from people, and giving instructions and blessings through the disciples the people would never have experienced the heartbeat of the Saviour who had come to die for them.
He came not to call the righteous to repentance but sinners. We cannot be self-righteous in our attitude towards others, regardless of their opinions about us. We are to sow kindness and goodness, letting our light shine before men, that they may see our good works and be drawn to the Lord Jesus. We must be careful not to lead a too narrow life that drives sinners away.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for another day to let my light shine before the world. Help me today to demonstrate in a practical way Your love and compassion to those who are in need. Help me to fulfil Your best for my life today.