Daily Study (Week 1, Day 2)

"Jesus called out to them," Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!"- Matthew 4:19
This scripture led to my quote: If we are to be fishers of men we can't scare away the fish. Christianity has so many denominations, interpretations and even sects. I also like Matthew 4:20 "And they left their nets at once and followed him." Now I interpret that as them not hesitating to follow Jesus, the scripture does not tell us whether they asked questions or even second guessed Jesus. I think that somewhere along the way (in human error) we stopped fishing for people the way Jesus instructed us to. Religious mindsets, ideas and pride kind of pushed Jesus's methods out of the way. Jesus was unorthodox in his teaching, in his approach and walk so how did we become so strict and boring? When did we start dealing with only "church people" and like minded individuals? Mark 2:13-17 tells us a story of how Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners. The Pharisees saw him and began to question why he would do such a thing if he is holy! Mark 2:17 "On hearing this, Jesus said to them," It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
I think we need to remind ourselves of this scenario often to remain humble and grounded! Jesus never turned his nose up and he never was a snob. If Jesus himself sat with the sick (the lost, the broken) WHO are we? We have created a society of mean, stand offish, opinionated Christians who would rather throw people away for who they sleep with, who they entertain or spend time with rather than sit with them, learn their stories and simply show love. We are so stuck in our cozy bubbles with those who look and think like us that we don't even realize that we are not being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. We now have a Christian community of people who have totally bypassed Jesus's teachings and I need to know how can we do Christianity without CHRIST? My heart has been broken via social media lately by misinterpretations of scripture, personal opinions and people's churchiness bypassing God's word. Jesus never instructed anyone to mistreat and isolate anyone (if I am wrong please correct me). 
His love, his grace is for ALL of us and he calls us to walk in love. If you are a Christian no human should leave your presence feeling beat up and broken. They should never leave feeling hopeless because Jesus is love and the epitome of HOPE! Today I'm studying love, yes it corrects us when we are wrong, it also covers a multitude of sins, it strengthens us to do better and we need to be BETTER.- CDJ


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