The religious leaders do two things in evangelism that Jesus despises…
1. They shut the door of the kingdom in people’s face that want in.
The broken and worn out found no place among the religious. They had nothing to offer. Their sin was too great.
No way God wanted them.
And it ticked Jesus off to no end that the religious leaders refused to let them in. Repentance is admittance into the kingdom, not rule keeping. The broken and worn out are willing to repent, rule keepers aren’t.
2. They made those who did come in worse off.
When they did find a convert, they found one willing to play by the rules and made him worse off than before. Each generation of rule keepers are worse than the ones before.
Jesus earned his disicples about the yeast of the religious leaders. It is easy to get rule keeping in us. It is safe. It is controllable. But it isn’t what Jesus wants.
He wants us to give hope and life to people. People matter to him. So they need to matter to us. I’m so wanting this to be a part of my life more and more. I want it to be the fabric of our church. People matter to God.
He wants them to have hope and life. It is with our life that he wants to give it.
Losing My Religion is a sermon series about being free from religious superiority. Read along with us in Galatians and Matthew 23 with our Reading Plan. Today’s reading is from Galatians 1:11-17.