this week i had 2 conversations with 2 different people. one was expressing disappointment in our church and how our sunday services don’t go “deep” enough for the more “advanced” christian, and the other was expressing gratefulness that we were able to meet him where he’s at right now. the first has been a christian for a long time, the second has just started giving church a try. i tried to have compassion and grace with the first guy, but frustration quickly entered my heart.
i honestly wanted to grab him, look him in the eye, and shake him. because it’s not about him.
if you’re growing and you’re “advanced”, that’s great! then you know how to keep growing and how to keep feeding yourself. and you know the importance of accountability, and bible study, and prayer. so do it! …make it happen.
but along the way don’t forget where you came from. because there’s probably still people back there that you can love on.
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:27-32