As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Matthew 9 : 9 – 11
Is Christianity a respectable faith? How many times have you heard people comment they never thought they would see a Christian do this or do that? You are in good company because Jesus repeatedly surprised the great and the good of his day. What kind of respectable person would be seen with tax collectors who were a despised group of collaborators with the occupying power?
Of all the expectations placed on you today it is worth remembering that God never allowed an opportunity to pass by just because it might make him look bad. Repeatedly the example of Jesus is to reach out to people, especially the people everyone else wants to look down on whilst they walk past.
Prayer: Father help me to see as you see, help me to see the value and worth in people that society looks down on or who are afraid to leave the shadows. Help me to help them into the light of your love.
Action: Consider carefully any opportunities you might be letting pass you by because you are afraid they would make you look bad?