“This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”– Luke 15:2
We can stand in awe that the Lord of all of heavens armies and hosts would desire to sit with us as sinners. It is incredible that Jesus receives us and that while we were yet sinners, He died for us. Although these truths settle in our hearts, we must be careful never to overindulge and persist here. Christ does not desire that we remain at this table, but we press on to genuine humility and maturity.
Many worldly sentiments seem to delight in this approach of our Lord. Many continue to claim, “Only God can judge me” or pridefully display they are both a saint and a sinner. Although these are sound biblical truths, they are often inaccurately applied and become, in an incorrect view, a license to remain living unchanged. I’m only human and saved by grace is commonly used as an excuse to pursue a transgression. We are saved by grace through faith and not of works, but do the outward actions in our lives display the inward change of heart?
As Christians, we have our part in seeking the lost. It is the activity of the Spirit of God working through His people. If we are to be light in darkness and esteem another life above our own, we must seek holiness. If we have already been received as sinners and forgiven, it is imperative that we now walk in that victory and no longer remain at that table. May the light of Jesus that found us enable us to find others so that the saints in heaven may continually rejoice!
“He who supposes that Jesus Christ only lived and died and rose again in order to provide justification and forgiveness of sins for His people, has yet much to learn. Whether he knows it or not, he is dishonoring our blessed Lord, and making Him only a half Savior.”– J. C. Ryle