“And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat.”
If you’ve read through the gospels, you know that Jesus went hard after the Pharisees because of what they were teaching the people. He knew that while they might’ve had good intentions, they were not in line with God’s instruction. Because of this, Jesus stood up to them time after time, calling them out for their incorrect and often twisted theology.
He wasn’t a big fan.
And yet, Jesus sat down to eat with them. They were preaching false doctrine, and on top of that, many were seeking how they could kill Him (this is repeated over and over in the gospel accounts). Jesus knew all of this and still went to their houses to eat. He still talked with them, trying to get them to understand the truth so they could be saved.
That applies to us too! I know that I have been guilty of avoiding unbelievers at times just because I wanted to be around my circle of Christians. And while I believe we should make it a habit to fellowship with believers more than we do with those who aren’t saved, we need not avoid them. We…I…need to follow Jesus’ example and talk with them, trying to show them the truth. We…I…need to follow Jesus’ example and be willing to share a meal with them, to love them the way Christ loves them. And sometimes I do. But what if I always did that?
What if we always did that? I’ve been praying recently, asking the Lord to give me those opportunities. I challenge you to do the same!