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Luke 15:1-10, True Welcome

Key Verse

And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
— Luke 15:2

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RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: God welcomes every single one of God’s children into God’s kingdom; none is more valuable than another.

The Pharisees were angry with Jesus for eating, speaking, and working with “sinners.” But we learn that God does not see “sinners” and “saints.” To God, all people are worthy of God’s time. It is not enough that God welcomes in most of God’s children. God wants us all. Every. Single. One.

I have family and friends in California, where the state is quickly becoming more of a Spanish-speaking state than English. The transition makes me want to learn Spanish, so I can become even more involved with the cultures of the world that are coming to my doorstep. I have friends, however, that find the transition a nuisance. “If they (“us and them” language? Really?) come to America, they should learn to speak English. If they want to speak Spanish, they should stay in Mexico.” What a sad, self- centered, ignorant, and divisive attitude! If we listened to Jesus, we might see that the strength of an emerging culture isn’t in its homogeneity, but in its diversity. Instead of expecting “outsiders” to conform, we can blossom as human beings if we receive with open arms and open hearts the diverse gifts that others bring. That is how cultures survive and thrive.

May I be a candle in the night when it comes to welcome, O God. Amen.

 

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