James 2:1 says “My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.”
God came for the man and the woman, the broken and the bound, the youth and the aged, the powerful and the powerless, the ruler and the servant, the rich and the poor. Our God didn’t send His spotless Son to the earth just to rescue those who we classify as being “worthy”. He didn’t merely come for the righteous or those whose sins are silent.
No, God sent Christ for every single sinner. The liar and the murderer. The adulterer and the thief. In our finite minds we limit the extension of God’s grace. As the Great Physician He came for the sick, those who recognized they were in need of healing beyond that of this world.
My heart breaks when we judge who we think “deserves” the Gospel. Certainly not prisoners or prostitutes. Obviously He couldn’t want terrorists or pimps.
Actually, the entire message of Jesus’s being sent to earth contradicts that lie. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God’s grace doesn’t just reach out to those who are pure in the sight of the world. In fact, Scripture tells us that God doesn’t want any to perish (2 Peter 2:9). His heart is to see all of His creation redeemed and restored, but ultimately that decision lies in the hands of each and every individual.
But that doesn’t excuse us from playing our part. We are called to share the Gospel with everyone. We should be praying for the entire world, not just our church community. I’m not trying to be harsh or coarse, but I do want us to realize we are called to much more than we are living.
Think about the entire ministry of Jesus. He spent His time with those who the world deemed as unworthy. Jesus had His disciples who encouraged Him in the way of the Lord, but He also didn’t separate Himself from the outside world.
We need to be consistent in our faith, treating everybody with the grace with which we have been given. It is undeserved and doesn’t make sense, but God lavishes us in His mercies and we should do the same to those around us. Love our neighbor as ourselves. People of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, nationalities, tongues. The Gospel is for all.
Jesus’s heart is for the nations, to see His Kingdom come on earth. Today I encourage you to pray for God to open your eyes to the world around you and to burden your heart for those near and far.