15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him (Jesus). 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Lk 15:1–2)
Why were the religious leaders angry with Jesus?
What do these verses tell you about the way Pharisees and Scribes view the people who in sin?
What do these verses tell you about the way Jesus views those same people?
Why do you think Jesus is ministering to people at a dinner table? What is unique about that place?
Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mt 9:12–13).
What would look like for us to live like Jesus? How should we begin to pray for and serve those around us who need to hear and see the great love of God? It might look like laughter and stories shared around a meal - it might look like lots of different things, but if we are following Jesus’ example, it must mean that we meaningfully and genuinely love those around us in some real ways.
How can you do that this week?
What do you love to do? Maybe you can invite someone to do it with you.
What do you have time to do? Do you need to say no to something (even a good thing) so that you can make space for the great adventure of the gospel?
What creative ways can you begin to serve other?
Ask God to help you see those around you as he sees them and to give you a passion for loving the world as he does.
Mike Breen teaching on what it means to be a Family on Mission: