Friends in Low Places
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him. The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, 'This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them.' Luke 15:1 WEB
Everyone knows that Jesus came to save the lost sinner, and they were all drawn to Him like a magnet, but the religious establishment of the time grumbled about this constantly. If they had their way, the religious elite would have driven the sinners far, far away, but Jesus did not allow this to happen. He came to seek out and save the lost (Luke 19:10). In Luke 15:10, Jesus said that the angels rejoice over one sinner that repents.
I was playing in a band at a party one night when He found me during the middle of a song. It is odd to explain, but I suddenly saw myself in third person view and He instantly gave me a new outlook on life. He changed my mind. He refreshed my hope that there was something more. His loving presence came upon me in such a way that I put my bass guitar up at the end of the song, went home, laid on the floor and surrendered to His calling in tears. No one had to preach to me. I knew what I had to do.
The next morning, I went to church and was soon baptized. I prayed about quitting the band I was in, but He said no. So I had the pastor pray with me, and he said no. I needed the money anyway, so I continued playing in bands while wearing a Jesus t-shirt, and a guitar strap with a cross on it. Soon His presence began showing up in the bars that I was playing at, and prophetic words would come to me for those in the room. I preached my first sermons in bar parking lots, and they were powerful. People would begin trembling under His power, and I led some to the Lord.
Jesus has friends in low places. They may put His statue in glorious sanctuaries, but you will still encounter His presence outside those walls in the dust and the dirt. He still wants to speak with you today, but some of the super religious will look down on you and try and drive you away from Him just as they did then. Don't give up, and know that it is never Jesus who drives you away. He will reach people right where they are, and if you will let Him, He will use your hands to touch them, and your voice to speak His words to them.Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for leading by example. You are not a respecter of persons and in Your eyes, all of us are created equal. Please let me see people as You see them, and fill me with Your discernment, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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