Luke 15 is the scheduled New Testament reading for today. Below, I’ve translated the Portuguese devotional thought based on the chapter, or one verse of it.
But the Pharisees and the experts in the law were complaining, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Luke 15:2 NET
If your only concern is personal purity, and not purification for others, you’ll side with the Pharisees who criticized Jesus.
If, however, you share the same spirit of Christ, the desire to rescue the impure and transport them back to the presence of the Father, you will do as he did: search out the lost wherever they are.
KEY WORD: Receive: “welcome, receive, please” (Rusconi). Jesus didn’t stop at the door to shout his message to those inside. He participated in the life of the sinner, though without committing or approving of sin, in order to insert in the midst of the lost the word of repentance for salvation. Jesus did not create barriers when people sought him out, but opened doors for their entrance into the Father’s house.
PRAYER: God of the rescue, may my satisfaction with personal purity be surpassed only by the joy of a repentant sinner, for it echoes the joy in heaven among the angels.