Come as you are
Luke 5:30-32 – But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
When I read this verse this morning, it reminded me of a quote I wrote down in my journal in the beginning of this year. It was something I used to encourage our youth leaders in why we do what we do and the importance of reaching out to youth and showing them Jesus.
My generation is gruesomely lonely, but in response, we don’t need another handout, another kind gesture or a better bible study. We don’t need more people that will merely know our name and address or care for us sporadically and at arm’s length. We need big, reimagined, Jesus kind of love, and people willing to sacrifice themselves in order to live it with us. We need people who will love us enough to get messy. So be deeply involved. Be covered in someone’s tears. Be the person who gets the call at midnight. Be the person who tells someone the hard stuff that they need to hear but no one wants to say. Be the person who gets home uncomfortable, not because of your behaviour and thoughts but because you’ve been near to someone else’s. Be a family member to the lonely messy people of this world.
This is how Jesus lived His life – looking for the broken people, and not the fixed. Finding the lost, knowing that the found are okay. That’s how we should live too – never too busy or too clean to get messy in someone else’s hurt. We’re here for the broken and the lost. We’re here to tell them to come as you are, because you are accepted just so. No one is too dirty, too sinful or too far gone for Jesus to save.