Tuesday, March 20, 2012

not yet...

it's never in church that they doubt us...
in church , within the walls ... we are in uniform
hands raised in worship
singing the songs
saying the words

but

when we cross the threshold
when the sanctuary turns into daily life...

when the sales associate is less than helpful,
when the kid is pitching a fit and rolling on the floor, all while the mom watches,
when the waitress gets the order wrong,
when the welfare mom ...with four kids...by three different dads gets pregnant...again (and needs assistance)

what do they think...then

we spend time, lots of it
being better ''Christians''
the bible studies,
the conferences,
the church services...

but how much time do we sacrifice to be more like Christ?

We confuse it, I think...

We do well with church...
with telling them what they need,
with giving to the homeless mission,
with praying for those without faith...

but...

what do they say about our Jesus...

What can they say...
when we are yelling JESUS LOVES YOU...
but our actions are screaming...
"NOT YET"

not yet...
you are too worldly

not yet...
you are too sinful

not yet...
you are too far gone...

we possess HOPE
and we hold it...
tightly
guarded
protected.

are we scared?

of what?

that if we share that grace that saved us...
that what?

that they....them...

with change???

Don't you see it?

People are hurting
wounded
addicted
tired...

looking for something to believe
and we have JESUS.

all to ourselves
neat and tidy
wrapped up on Sunday.

But.
look where we find Him...
-hanging out with a hooker...
-a crazy demon possessed man...
-a money swindler...
-a blind beggar...
-a leaper...

the ones society, the church...
shunned

Jesus

sat with...talked to
ate with..
spoke truth to
and
changed...

Jesus was on a life mission. He wanted the ones most rejected...neglected...bitter and sinful
to know...


15 Later Jesus and his disciples were at home having supper with a collection of disreputable guests. Unlikely as it seems, more than a few of them had become followers. 16 The religion scholars and Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company and lit into his disciples: "What kind of example is this, acting cozy with the riff-raff?" 17 Jesus, overhearing, shot back, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I'm here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit."

Mark 2:15-17


and it is what they still need to know...


that there is no sin too big...

there is no muck too deep...

there is no choice too bad...

no point of no return...


they need to know,

that HE

that we...

love them.


That grace is amazing ... that mercy is theirs

and that He is not finished with them...


not yet.

6 comments:

Heather Truett said...

This is one of the many reasons why I love you.

Cheri said...

And I love you. True story.

Cathy N said...

Just had a conversation about this very thing. Love you and Love that you let God use your words.

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely Awesome!

Cheri said...

Thank yall, so much, for reading & for being on the journey with me. :)

Gracie's Heart said...

Cheri, seriously today you seem to be giving me words I havent had for 3 yrs. I so need to borrow this, but I know they are your precious words, but can I borrow them? I will give you credit. If we just loved, rather than judged...I will sit with the sinners, for I am one, deeply in need of grace I do not deserve and cannot ever earn...yet have been given because He loves and His grace is big enough to cover...let me know in a msg on FB, K? (((hugs)))