MEETING THE ‘UNDESIRABLE’
“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”’ Luke 19:5, NIV
The first Sunday Onome went to church, she created some kind of stir. She was wearing a tank top on a pair of jeggings that looked too tight for her, with bathroom slippers. Her hair was unkempt and uncovered. She noticed everyone shifted their gaze to her as she wobbled into a seat close to the door. But then a lady, whom she later identified as Tara, came to sit beside her, trying to chat with her. Onome looked worn and sick, tired of her life as a street girl. She later became friends with Tara who led her to Christ.
Not too many of us are like Tara, especially when someone ‘undesirable’ shows up in church. In the same way, the people of Jesus’ days could not fathom how Jesus could associate with a man of bad reputation like Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was an enemy of the community because he extorted money from the people on behalf of the Roman government. That Jesus could easily spot Zacchaeus in the midst of the crowd reveals Jesus’ concern for those who are lost, even in their undesirable state. What adjustments do you need to make in your life to give room for those who make you uncomfortable or are undesirable but needs to be touched with Jesus’ loving grace?
• Birthday Blessing: “But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you…” Isaiah 52:12
RBT Passage: 1 Samuel 8-12
“If you want to be like Jesus, then love the unlovable, forgive the unworthy and do good to those who can’t repay you.” –Anonymous