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Because He Is Kind

Because He Is Kind

25 November 2009

Scripture:

13 “He answered one of them, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair! Didn’t you agree to work all day for the usual wage? 14 Take it and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you. 15 Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be angry because I am kind?’ (Matthew 20:13-15 NLT)

Jesus got involved with sinners and invited them into his life because his Father sent him to earth to save sinners. Religious people often forget that God loves sinners and is unwilling that anyone be left out. Some people will be left out, but not because God doesn’t love them or want them included.

Jesus told a story about workers hired last and paid first, about a son who wouldn’t help his dad and then did, about people who weren’t invited to the party and then were.

It’s easy to forget how passionately God loves people. And as soon as we forget how God loves, we are surprised by his behavior. He’s not only fair, he’s kind. He’s not only just, he’s merciful. He’s not only holy, he’s compassionate.

God wants the religious people included but he doesn’t want the irreligious people left out. He still wants religious people and irreligious people to dance together at his party. He wants old-timers and new kids on the block to love each other.

God isn’t going to change. He’s still going to invite and include right up until time for the door to close. If we lose touch with that reality, we are out of step, out of alignment, and out of touch with what God is doing. We might just miss the party ourselves, or else stand in the corner wondering how all those other people got in and why they’re having so much fun!

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for frequent reminders of how you think, feel, and act towards the lost and the least. Thanks for including me and everyone else. Thanks for being both fair and kind. I want to be that way too when I grow up.

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