2 Approaches That Attract 2 Different Kinds Of People, My Way and Jesus’ Way: Things I Heard In Church

(Let me just say right off the top, this is for me as much as (or more than) it is for anyone else.) From Matt Bowen’s excellent teaching: 05/22/2016, Sheep and Coins, Luke 15:1-10.

“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, ‘This man receives sinners and eats with them.'” (Luke 15:1-2)

Who’s drawing near to Jesus?

“Who’s drawing near to Jesus?” That question causes me to take pause, and to ask, “Who’s drawing near to me?” It’s a good question to ask because if sinners are attracted to me as they are to Jesus, then I’m more conformed to his likeness. But if sinners avoid me…

Here are two different approaches to relationships that explain the why behind what kind of people are attracted to you, and to me. Continue reading

Drawing Close to God

Close to God James 4:8

Image by Jonathan Kos-Read – Creative Commons.

Every person on the planet is precisely as close to God as he or she wants to be. Have you ever thought about that?

James 4:8 says if you draw near to God, He will draw near to you.

That truth compels you, and I, and every one of us to ask ourselves,

“What am I doing to draw near to God?”

He’s waiting for you, you know. He’s watching. He’s watching for when you begin to move toward Him. While you’re still a long way off, He’ll see you, and be filled with compassion for you; He’ll run to you, and throw His arms around you. (Luke 15:11-32)

Get up and go to Him.