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?”
Written by: Russ Ripley
Many years ago, I was the guy you would have never thought would ever go to church. I was mean, angry, bitter, and did many things you would not want your 22-year-old son to do. Most of the people I knew who went to church would not talk to me, let alone invite me to their church, except for one young lady I worked with. She had received the grace of God a year or so earlier and was not shy about sharing God’s love. We called her the “Holy Roller.” Her name was Cindy.
Cindy asked me if I would give her a ride to our company Christmas party. I had no idea why she would want to hang out with a misfit like me, but I said yes. I picked her up and we went to the party. After the party, on the way to her house, she began to share with me how much God loved me. We parked in front of her house for three hours and she continued to share the gospel—how God loves us and how His forgiveness changed her life. I was completely dumbfounded. No one had ever told me this. She continued to share her life with me and two months later, I too received God’s grace and forgiveness. My life has never been the same.
Thought of the day: Who do you know who you think God’s grace cannot reach? That person was me. Will you share the grace God has extended to you with that person? They may just need someone to share it with them.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for the grace You have shown to me. Thank You for sending Cindy [or someone else’s name] all those years ago to share Your grace with me. God, I know that there are many people that just need someone like Cindy to tell them about Your love; to share their grace story. I know I sometimes think that certain people don’t want to receive Your grace but help me to listen to Your leading and share with those You bring into my life. I know You love them and want them to receive Your grace, just like I did. God, help me be a Cindy to someone else. Amen.