• Bronwyn Farrugia

Invite the outsiders

Luke 5:29-32 (MSG)

“Levi gave a large dinner at his home for Jesus. Everybody was there, tax men and other disreputable characters as guests at the dinner. The Pharisees and their religion scholars came to his disciples greatly offended. “What is he doing eating and drinking with crooks and ‘sinners’?” Jesus heard about it and spoke up, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting outsiders, not insiders—an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out.” Jesus has a heart for the lost, the sick and the hurting. While He did spend time making disciples, He avoided the Pharisees who thought they had it all together.

He ate with those who were unsaved, uneducated, sinners and others whom society looked down upon.

Why would He spend all His time with the healthy when He could be far more effective at showing God’s love to the broken hearted?

It is important for us also to extend invitations to the sick; that is, those who need a Saviour and are yet to find Him.

Sharing a meal with someone releases a spiritual connection enabling God to open their blind eyes. There is a presence during a meal setting to transform hearts and bring healing, caused by a covenant created between those sharing the meal.

Jesus broke bread to signal a relationship covenant with those He ate with. We also need to create an atmosphere for God to unite with the lost. As we bring the Holy Spirit to the table and invite outsiders, we will see changed lives inside and out.

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