Funny thing about the come-heres. They move into the area, and then they shout, "Stop the growth!" They try to pass laws keeping farmers from subdividing their property into housing developments. They want to keep it rural...once they get here. Although they don't mind that their new home is on what was once a farm too.
Sometimes in the Christian community, we too can want to come in, and shut the door behind us. Once we are saved and walk away from our past life of sin, we get comfortable in our upstanding Christian community. Then when the "sinner" comes to our church, we don't want their kind there. We yell "Stop the growth!" or "Shut the door!"
As Christians we try to hide our past, because we know we may be judged. It is said that "Christians soldiers" are the only army that shoot their own wounded. When someone in the Christian community stumbles in their walk, we want to kick them out, not try to restore them.
Today I want to encourage you to be brave enough to show your own "mess." When you show your mess it gives other people permission to have messy lives too. None of us Christians are perfect. God can turn our mess into his message. That is a message of change, hope and joy.Don't shut the door on the sinners. Open the door and share with them how you too once were lost, but now are found. Grace is amazing, isn't it?