Back in the time of Jesus’ teaching, quite often, the Pharisees had a heart condition that grieved Jesus. Their hearts were hard and insensitive. If you’ll look in Mark 3, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
God was right there in their midst, and they, of all people, should have realized it. They knew the Scriptures backward and forward, and Jesus fit every prophecy written there. But the insensitivity of their hearts literally blinded them to who He was. The hearts of the Pharisees were also hardened to the needs of the people around them. That very same thing is still happening today.
Have you ever known any believers who fit that description? Sure you have! In fact, every one of us has done those things at some time in our lives. Every one of us, to one degree or another, has fallen prey to the same mistake the Pharisees did. We’ve gotten so caught up in doing and saying all the “right” things that we’ve let the tender warmth of God’s love inside us grow cold. I know that’s true because if it weren’t, we’d be seeing tremendous moves of God among us. We’d be seeing revival on every corner.
That’s what God longs to do. God wants His church to be the place people come to find Him. His desire is for the church to be full of people who know its ‘ok’ to not be ‘ok’. If we feel like we need to earn God’s grace and forgiveness, then our hearts have become hardened to what the gospel message is all about. It’s a free gift! And people need to know that they can find Jesus in any place at any time… especially His church. Let’s not become a social club for the healthy, but let’s continue to invest into and invite people that may need to receive His grace, His mercy, His unending love.