Ah, now there we go. Down to earth people. We all seem to admire them. But is that said of me? Am I down to earth?
Jesus is down to earth. He is friends with the outcasts. He spends time with disreputable company. Jesus loves the crooks and riffraff.
Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?”
Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.” (Matthew 9:10-13 The Message)
May I be down to earth. May I stand firm.
Here are the key ideas:
- We have all missed God’s goal for our life (sin). There is no point in pretending otherwise.
- God’s goal for us is to be down to earth and not stuck up.
- Jesus came to minister to the sick.
“The stuck-up fall flat on their faces, but down-to-earth people stand firm.” ~~King Solomon (Proverbs 11:2 The Message)