Afterward, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at a kiosk for collecting taxes. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Levi got up, left everything behind, and followed him. Then Levi threw a great banquet for Jesus in his home. A large number of tax collectors and others sat down to eat with them. The Pharisees and their legal experts grumbled against his disciples. They said, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. I didn’t come to call righteous people but sinners to change their hearts and lives.” (Luke 5:27-32, CEB)
It seems that the Pharisees and legal experts wanted everyone to be perfect before they interacted with Jesus, or they wanted people to be perfect before Jesus interacted with them. And that isn’t how it works.
The church is a hospital for the broken, not a palace for the perfect.
You do not need to be perfected before you come to Jesus. You can’t so that is good news!
Love people where they are and be with them there and know that God’s love is being shared through your life.
Loving People. Loving God.