Jesus attracted a variety of characters. Even those opposed to him seemed to be unavoidably attracted to him. They may have drawn near only to scoff or accuse but they were still inescapably drawn to him.
After having become born again and having Christ, by way of his Spirit, taking up residence in me I have, over and over again, seen this played out. There is an unbelievable array of characters that have crossed my path that I simply didn’t like. They were deceived, immature, abrasive, angry and self-assured but they were drawn to me, or rather the Christ in me.
Almost every time you see Jesus in the Gospels you will find some group of religious leaders, lame people and doubters. While Jesus came to heal and save the lost there were always some people around that thought he was wrong and they were right. They accused him of having a devil, being born out of wedlock and starting an insurrection. Even though they thought all of these things about him they just couldn’t help but to be attracted to him. They simply couldn’t leave him alone.
Sometimes people are drawn to you because they like you and sometimes it is because they see something in you they want. It isn’t always what you say but rather it is the peace and joy they sense in your life. Those that have no peace or joy might be attracted to you because they don’t like you having it. Remember the old saying, “Misery loves company?” If they are lost they have the wrong spirit in them; the spirit that Jesus said “comes to steal, kill and destroy!” That spirit is envious of the peace and joy you have and will stop at nothing to make you as angry and upset as it is.
How we see people is so important. Of course we know all people fall into one of two categories according to the Bible. They are either lost or saved, God’s children or the devils, alive or dead-spiritually speaking. When it comes to these categories ultimately it isn’t up to us to determine which camp they are in, but we do have to know how to treat them. I am learning to see those; I believe are lost, as prodigals. Whether they are lost or saved isn’t the point I’m making here but how I see and treat them. If I see them as lost it might open the door for me to be condemning toward them. If I see them as someone in whom Christ is knocking at their heart I will have compassion on them. Never forget it is “the goodness of God that leads to repentance.” Remember what Christ said from the cross? He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus knew those folks were blind to the truth. This is a saying to live by, don’t you think?
After all everyone thinks they are right. I mean we wouldn’t do what we do if we knew it was wrong. The Bible tells us “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving.” What do you think your reactions to these blind people would be if they were physically blind? Most of us are a little more patient and compassionate to those whom have physical blindness don’t you think? If we could only start to treat those with spiritual blindness with the same kindness things would be different.
Everyone is seeking self fulfillment in the way they think is correct. Solomon said, “There is a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of death.” We all are at various places along the path toward self fulfillment. We all think we are right until we have our eyes opened to the truth. Let us be patient and follow Paul’s advice to Timothy that “in meekness we are to instruct those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.”
Written by Louie