“The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'” Luke 7:34 ESV
Earlier in Luke 7, Jesus said, “And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Luke 7:23 ESV
I have a healthy amount of fear when I think about what if I had been there when Jesus walked the earth—would I have been a Pharisee? Or a follower of Jesus? I am quick to judge by my perceptions and the rules I try to follow. I am challenged to befriend those who may not live by the same moral code, lest I add barriers that Jesus did not add when seeking those to whom He brought the good news of salvation.
Paul knew the secret—I Corinthians 9:19-23. There is much joy in seeking out those who need to hear the beautiful words of life: “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” And “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9,13 ESV