Most Wanted

Help me to see

"Lord, help me to see"

If Jesus’ disciples would have compiled a ‘least likely list’ of those God would welcome into His Kingdom; the Romans, the Gentile Women and Samaritans would have been at the top of the list. The Romans were despised, brutal invaders who had taken their money and used their religious leaders as pawns to govern the majority of Israel. The Gentile Women and Samaritans were seen as outcasts and impure strangers to the Law of God. 

But Jesus continually surprises:

Time and time again, Jesus showed His disciples that those on their “Least Likely List” were actually on the Father’s “Most Wanted List”.

  • A Roman commander came to him asking for healing for his daughter. Jesus healed his daughter with a word and praised him saying, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” (Mt 8:10)
  • A Gentile woman came asking for deliverance for her daughter and the disciples wanted to send her away. Jesus tested her faith and then exclaimed, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” (Mt 15:28)
  • One time, Jesus went out of His way to speak with a Samaritan woman with a bad reputation. An entire Samaritan city came to faith in Him after hearing the story of how she encountered Jesus. (Jn 4:39-42)

Realising Jesus must have a different agenda when He spoke to people, the disciples were mystified. That’s when Jesus said to them, “Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (Jn 4:35) Jesus was saying, “Guys, I’m inviting you to see the way God sees.”

God wanted them in His Kingdom!

As Jesus ministered, He seemed to seek out the unloved, the unwanted, the despised. Tax collectors, prostitutes, criminals… all were welcome in God’s Kingdom. I think it would be wrong to assume that Jesus was saying, some people are more welcome in the Kingdom than others. But its very fair to say some people find the Kingdom a better fit, because they are more aware of their brokenness. Jesus drew hurting people all the time and turned no one away. Many walked away who felt they had no need or got offended by the thought that entering into a Kingdom could happen by surrendering selfish ambitions. Makes me wonder how many people would have had me on their ”least likely list”. 

I challenge you to agree with this short prayer today:

Open my eyes Father and cause me to see people the way You see them. They are ready to come to You and I would like to help You go get them. Amen

One Response to “Most Wanted”

  • Leanne Dorn:

    I agree, Father, help me to see as You seek the lost and hurting. Help me to be patient as I point them to Jesus. Help me not judge them as a lost cause. Soften my heart, Holy Spirit, as You soften and draw their hearts to You. Thank You for this reminder that I was unlikely by religious standards to receive the Kingdom. I pray You to break the religious spirit to foster Your relational Spirit. Thank You for the massive loving heart You have put in the Batemans. Slam/Dunk them in blessing. You, O God, are so worthy to receive honor, glory and praise. I Love You

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