“It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick. I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17 CSB)
Friends, Jesus came to SAVE.
As my small group studied in the book of Mark this week, I couldn’t shake this parallel of what we were reading to what I have been seeing. In the past several months, Kanye West has been pursuing God in a way that if we’re being honest, even some of the most faithful believers don’t.
And as this man claimed salvation (which is a free gift to anyone who confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in their heart that He rose from the dead – Romans 10:9) we didn’t see people—believers—rejoicing, or celebrating a lost soul entering the family of God. We saw people criticizing, questioning, and negating that our all-knowing, all-powerful, and almighty God could, and would transform the heart of Kanye West.
If I’m being honest, I’ve questioned it myself.
But friends, HOW DARE WE? “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?” (James 4:12).
Scripture tells us plain and simple that salvation is a heart condition. It also tells us that the Lord does not accept or reject a man based on appearance, but by the posture of his heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
Isn’t it telling that so many of us are quick to judge a man like Kanye West based on what we SEE, versus what ONLY the Lord can know to be true?
As I’ve studied history over the years, I often want to believe I’d be one of the ones who saw the injustice and did things differently. I remember learning about the Civil Rights Movement in school, or watching movies like “Hidden Figures” and always thinking — or hoping, at least — that I would have been one of the outliers. One of the rare few who saw people, not color.
I often find myself thinking — or hoping — the same when I read stories in the Bible. I’d like to believe that if Jesus came down to earth and claimed to be the Son of God, doing inexplicable signs and wonders, and speaking with simultaneous authority and love, that my faith would be strong enough to follow him without question or criticism.
It’s something I reflect on very regularly, because as much as I would like to believe that I would be an instant follower of Jesus in the flesh, I know how often I fail to do just that.
As we studied in Mark chapter 2 this week, I couldn’t help but feel like one of the Pharisees. One of the hard-hearted “Christians” who chose to become angry over witnessing Jesus’ authority and goodness, rather than falling to their knees in awe of their Savior.
Isn’t that also true of what many of us have seen play out with Kanye West this week? As believers, so many of us have been quicker to question the validity of Kanye’s salvation, than to rejoice in the radical life change that we have the privilege of witnessing.
Rather than celebrating our BROTHER IN CHRIST, many have discarded Kanye’s salvation based on the sins of his past.
But isn’t that WHY Jesus came? Not to save the righteous, but the sinners? Isn’t that WHY you and I, and Kanye are “worthy” of God’s grace and mercy?
This post says it so perfectly:
What if we are witnessing a modern day Saul to Paul kind of transformation in front of our eyes?
“What if we are witnessing a modern day Saul to Paul kind of transformation in front of our eyes? From ‘I am a God’ to ‘Jesus is King.’ From ‘making millions’ to ‘making disciples.’ From ‘Yeezus to Jesus.’
What if God is reminding us of how radical his grace is. What if God is calling the church to a new day of revival and radical evangelism. What if truly the radically rescued, rescue radically?”
Because I believe God is who He says He is, I HAVE to believe that Kanye West has been “radically rescued.” Because if Kanye West can’t be saved, then neither can I. If Paul couldn’t be saved, then neither can I.
If we as believers have the final say in who is worthy of salvation, then we aren’t following God, who saves.
“I’m no longer a slave, I’m a son of God.” – Kanye West #JesusIsKing
Posted by Vision TV on Sunday, October 27, 2019
I’m reminded this week of how time and time again, God uses the unlikely and the unqualified to do the impossible. Jesus himself was a poor boy, born to a virgin, raised as a carpenter, but sent by the Father to save the world.
Let us not be like the Pharisees who become angry over Kingdom things we can’t understand. Let us be the ones who live in awe of God’s sovereignty, praise Him always, and rejoice with the angels when ANY soul is saved from an eternity of Hell in the lake of fire.
I’m also reminded to pray for the lost and “unlikely” —specifically celebrities. Many of us will never have the opportunity to witness to them personally, but we believe in the power of prayer. Let us rejoice in watching God work through our prayers to radically capture hearts for His kingdom and His glory.