Jesus accepted seven dinner invitations and social engagements. Three of them were with rather generic… but we probably wouldn’t have gone to the other four. He was mixing it up with really bad people. He was socializing with the scum of society.

This was so radical that He was regularly hit with criticism. The religious people of his day could not believe He would spend time with “tax collectors and sinners.” In their view, good people don’t associate with “bad” people. Maybe that is your view as well. But the reality is that Jesus mixed it up with lost people.

When is the last time you socialized with non-Christians. Have you ever risked your reputation because of associations with bad people? Do you have any unsaved friends? Have you ever been criticized for evangelism?

How is that for following Jesus?

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