Peculiar People and The Gospel
As I continue to learn what it means to be missional one thought is how unremarkable the disciples of Jesus really were. Fishermen, tax collectors, zealots and such. Fringe people and the forgotten, or at least invisible. Jesus had this tendency to relate to loose women and immoral folks. Children were a joy to Him. And as our example he shows us what the Church is to look like.
The countless redeemed are usually not mighty and not wise, much less noble (cf. 1 Cor. 1:26); rather, they are just normal to slightly less than normal people. They carry scars both on their bodies and their souls. There is almost always baggage that they carry with them. They are image bearers of the Most High, but it doesn’t always seem that way as the ravages of sin does its insidious work.
The way of the gospel, the footsteps of our Lord lead us to those outcasts and fringe people. Yes they are peculiar, but then, so are we—at least I am. Simon and Garfunkel had a great song that describes the life of those people, but alas, with no gospel.
How many Mrs. Riordans are there in the Church today that don’t truly have the faith to understand our Lord?
Luke 14:15-23 When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” But He said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.’ “Another one said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.’ “Another one said, ‘I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.’ “And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ “And the slave said, ‘Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ “And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.
May we all learn to hear Him.