092517-Monday“When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples’ ‘Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners’” (Mark 2:16)?

If not intentionally focused outward, our supposed faith can breed a spirit of religion that focuses on “us” and no one else. In contrast to such exclusive associations, all desiring to follow Jesus in his missional task understand this to be a charge fulfilled not within the community of the saints but the company of sinners; that his redeeming presence is most evident not in the glory of our stained glass sanctuaries but, rather, the ruggedness of a cross and the brokenness of the human condition.

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