Luke 7:33-35 – The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 But wisdom is justified by all her children.”
I can’t imagine the radical healing and overwhelming joy that silently exploded in the hearts of all the sinners that Jesus was friends with. Sinners and fallen ones beheld a “Man” who truly loved them. When they beheld His love, they knew that their was a God. For Jesus was known by His Love more than His ministry in heaven and on earth by all. He is still the “Friend of Sinners.”
We can’t fully restore those who have fallen without love and friendship. Most of us subconsciously think we have to change hat’s or morph into a “minister” in order to help or heal people. This is an old trick of the enemy. Basically, fear keeps us from becoming who we truly are in Christ – “Friends” of Sinners; like Jesus was to the world; not to forget, a Friend to us, even now daily.
When we morph into something that we are not, it only leaves the one we are trying to help thinking God only loves them so that they can be healed, not for who they are as a person; meaning – God loves them to a certain point – they are not privileged to see His whole heart until they go through certain steps of demarkations.
Think about it, who is going to show the world Jesus Christ ? God Himself? No, God has to show Himself through man. Jesus proves was our pattern how we are to walk, heal, and love the world. Man was and is be the manifestation of God on the earth as He is in heaven. It would be an offense if God had to show His Son again. It would only prove that we were not walking in the inheritance that His son gave us through the cross.
Example – Years ago a woman that we had met in our gym, came running to us screaming with excitement and making a scene, yelling out with joy, “He is real!” She began to tell me a long story of what happened to her, but to make it short – Jesus appeared to her in her car and introduced Himself and ask her to come home. She excepted His life and was set free. I was shocked with amazement. You could clearly see physically and spiritually that she truly had a visitation. The glory of God was all over her. Later, as I was driving home, I began to thank God for what He did for her, and instantly, in a loving but stern way, He said “Don’t make me have to do that again.” I was instantly convicted, and repented.
Remember, we are God’s representation of Christ on the earth. We are priests of God just the way we are – God designed us all to be originals. There are no priest that has the personality, love and friendship like you. Don’t change it. Who you are is what opens up the heavens within the hearts of certain people so that the King of Glory can come in.
The enemy knows if we transform into “Friends of Sinners, He is in trouble. For then man becomes the True New Man on earth as in heaven! God then makes the enemy His Son’s foot stool on earth.
Break out of fear and the mental jail of conformity, and gaze upon your “Friend” and be transform into the same “Glorious One” you are beholding, “The True Friend of Sinners.” The Highest Calling!
He Loves us – His love transformed us from sinners to friends of God. Do to others as God did to you; Give them all of your Love, for it is implanted from God. Give who you Truly Are!
Living Vine Ministries