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Guest Name Tags – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:7-10
Key Verse: Acts 2:21
But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
As we continue looking at verse 10, take note of the phrase, “good and bad alike.” The king had told the servants to fill the banquet hall and they brought in both the good and the bad. In other words, some of the Gentiles were known for their good moral behavior and some were known as bad characters, but everyone was invited to the banquet. This is expressing their character before conversion, according to theologian, John Gill.
This phrase is instructive to God’s people as we fulfill the Great Commission. As God brings us into contact with people who need Him, some will be good moral people and they will be easy to love. But some people that we meet have bad habits and behaviors that cause us to struggle to love them or like being around them. However, Jesus’ parable here is reminding us to invite them into the banquet and let Him fix their problems.
All of us tend to want to be with people who “do life” as we like to do life. This is a form of prejudice that we need to face and deal with. It is those that seem so unlovable that need God’s love the most! Good moral unbelievers need Jesus just as much as anyone, but they usually have lots of friends and support in their lives. It’s these people of bad character that often abuse and lose their family and friends. Who will show them mercy and kindness if Christ followers don’t? Jesus’ call to His church has always been to reach out to everyone, even those that are outcast in this world. No one is so bad that they are beyond the love of God.
Do you know someone that has pushed away most people that have cared about them? Could it be that God is calling you to stand firm in your friendship with them? We don’t have to enable their sinful ways to show them love and kindness!
Father, open my eyes to hurting people. In Jesus’ Name, amen.