We’re told from a young age to associate with certain types of people, and avoid others, and it’s no secret that some friendships can harm us if we let them. While this advice is useful for an impressionable youngster, this advice can cause us to continue to judge and avoid certain types of people out of habit.
The danger is that we can end up ranking people on a scale of ‘good’ and ‘bad’, to see if they measure up to our standard. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, it becomes apparent that Jesus doesn’t do that.
If Jesus picked friends based on moral value, He wouldn’t be friends with you or I.
From what we see in the Bible, Jesus only knew 2 types of people:
- People who thought they were righteous.
- People who knew they were sinners.
That’s it. There was no sliding good/bad person scale, no grading on the curve and no relative goodness or subjective labels.
When it comes to sharing Jesus, let’s remove our scale and replace it with grace.