Such were some of you…

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• The girl in the daisy duke shorts and low cut blouse
• The guy with dreadlocks and an attitude
• The cohab couple
• The junkie
• The teenage boy who lives with his girlfriend
• The feminist
• The young woman in the abortion clinic… for the second time
• The binge drinker
• The pedophile
• The promiscuous college girl

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. ~1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Do you know people like this? Do you ever think that they are beyond reach? Do you think it would be a waste of your time to share the hope you have with them?

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? ~James 2:1-4

We have to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves in our interactions with people. We don’t want to cast our pearls before swine and we need to know when to shake the dust off our feet. Still, we often forget that to shake the dust off our feet means we’ve at least walked in that dust. Have you tried to reach the seemingly unreachable? Do you just give a glance and determine that certainly even God can’t make a good vessel out of that mess?

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”~1 Samuel 16:7

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord ~Acts 3:19

That’s not an imaginary list. It is a list of converts (present company included) … some of them I know personally … absolutely intimately … and believe wholeheartedly that they are faithful zealous workers for God! A few others I’ve only met once or twice but I know to be faithful servants. At some point in time all those people were lost in sin, enjoying the pleasures of sin—wallowing in the wickedness of the world. Somehow, somewhere, someone touched them. Someone reached out. Someone opened a Bible and taught them. God did the rest. They are washed. They are sanctified. Their sins are nailed to the cross. Men may have looked at them and seen only their sins—God looked at their hearts and showed mercy. They who have been forgiven much, love much. They turned from their sins and did not look back.

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little. ~Luke 7:47

Believe in conversion. Look beyond the clothing, the attitude, the baggage and seek to touch the souls of men with the purity of God’s word.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. ~ Romans 1:16

 

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