The Bible spent some time talking at how Jesus Christ spent His time associating with sinners. Most of the people that had an encounter with Him had been condemned by the world, but Jesus Christ did not look at their past but chose to use them in a might way. This is Jesus Christ who knows each and every thing that we do that no man knows about us.
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). This is actually telling us that He came for the people that were being condemned.
This has been a problem in our churches as those that think they are more saved than others try to condemn those that are new in the things of God as they try to bring back what they were doing before they came to church.
Coming to church means someone has realized their need for salvation but instead of showing them the right way, we are busy condemning them until in most cases they have left without getting what they wanted from church.
I like the story of Cornelius who the bible referred to as a God fearing man yet he was not saved. God knew that Peter would not want to go to this Centurion because they were considered unclean. “What God has cleansed, that call not thou common” (Acts 10:15). This is actually telling us that it is only God who cleans the people not us.
Jesus Christ died for all of us not only for those who are already saved. It is the people that are sick that need to see the doctor not those who are whole. Those whole can help direct the sick the right way to the doctor not blocking their way.
The bible talks about a woman who met with Jesus Christ at the well. This is a woman that Jesus knew she had five husbands and the one she had at that moment was also not her husband. Why did Jesus choose to reveal Himself to this type of woman? May be there were no other women He could reveal Himself to? The answer is no, He came for such people that are lost, and that is why He immediately told Him she was drinking the wrong water, but whosoever drinks of the water that He gives shall never thirst (John 4:14). And the woman immediately requested to be given this water meaning that she was immediately ushered into the Kingdom of God.
We can talk of many that were sinners but had their own encounter with Jesus Christ and got saved all because of the love that Jesus showed them. You can read about Rahab the harlot, Paul who was mightily used by God to bring the message of the new covenant to the entire world and many more with a purpose not just tell us that they were sinners but for the church to learn on how to usher others into the Kingdom of God.
The question is to those already in church, are we bringing people in the kingdom of God or taking them outside of the Kingdom of God. It may look like a small issue here but where a soul is concerned, God will not let you go away with it.
Many pastors and good people who thought they were heaven candidates are in hell today because they failed to take care of the sheep that God gave them. “And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones who believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea” (Mark 9:42).