John T. Willis

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

You are ALWAYS welcome at God's Table

Matthew 9:9-13 relates this very important story:

"As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And he got up and followed him.
And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, 'Why does you teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?' But when he heard this, he said, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. God and learn what this means, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.'"

God's people ALWAYS welcome everyone, because God FIRST welcomes everyone. ALL of us are sinners. ALL of us have serious faults. But because of God's mercy, he welcomes ALL of us.

1. The true church of God ALWAYS welcomes everyone. If and when we BAN people, we do not feel or act like God our Father. One time when this must happen is at the Lord's Table. At God's table, EVERYONE is welcome. Thus, at our church, everyone is welcome.

2. True Christians openly welcome everyone. This may be in the home or at the grocery store or at a meal in a restaurant. When we encounter people, as Christians we should always make each person feel comfortable and welcome.

This is a heart issue. Of course, by the very nature of life we will have more time with some people than others. But in all circumstances, we must strive to make all people welcome and comfortable. This is God's attitude and God's way. Make all of those around YOU comfortable and welcome.

Share YOUR experiences about welcoming and being welcomed. Let me hear from YOU.

John Willis


  • I think we should invite them in. But then encourage them to walk in the ways of Ya's instruction in a loving way and by example. But if they continue in the ways of the world...1 Corinthians 5:9-13
    9 I wrote unto you in my epistle to have no company with fornicators; 10 not at all[ meaning] with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous and extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world: 11 but as it is, I wrote unto you not to keep company, if any man that is named a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no, not to eat. 12 For what have I to do with judging them that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within? 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Put away the wicked man from among yourselves.

    By Blogger yawillisdone, at 11:17 PM  

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