In Luke 15, the very first verse starts off with a bang!
Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach.
The real question is, “Why?”. Why did they come to hear Him? Jesus’ message was a simple message of repentance, which I’m not sure if you know this or not, is not an attractive message with most people who are struggling in sin, or dead in their sins.
So why did they “often” come to hear Him?
As notorious as the sinners were for sinning, Jesus was a notoriously loving person. In fact, He is love. They were attracted to Him because He loved them more than their sins. He treated them better than the establishment of religion would ever dare to treat them.
He loved them unconditionally.
What would it look like for you to be attractive to sinners? Some automatically assume that to be attractive means to appeal to their senses or desires. Instead what if we appealed to the one common need every of human? Love.
What if we loved them as Christ loved them? In fact, they are the reason for the gospel! Just as you were once!
I challenge you to consider the way which you come across to agnostics, atheists, all unbelievers, those who believe differently than you.
I challenge you to approach them with “no-strings-attached” love.