And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet. – 2 Sam 9:13
Mephibosheth was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. So even after the king tried hard to murder David, he takes in his enemy’s family and treats them as his own. And even more than that, the man was lame in the both feet and it still did not matter to David. David was not afraid to associate with any kind of person as long as it was right in the Lord’s eyes.
How many times have I passed by the drunkard or the lame because I was too embarrassed to associate with them. What if people see who I hang out with or who I am talking to? Is my mind about the Lord or is it purely on myself? All great questions to ask myself as I go throughout my day. I cannot be afraid to associate with anyone, but everyone is worthy of the love of Jesus.
When I do not consider someone has being worthy or the Lord because of their position or because of their health, then what I have done is to pass condemnation upon that person because I felt them not worthy of the Gospel. And who am I to pass such a sentence on another person? For am I not infirmed and am I not a drunkard?
We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23. Therefore, there is not a man, woman or child alive that has earned the grace of God. However, it has been freely given through Jesus blood so that I no longer can judge who is worthy and who is not. That judgement belongs solely to the one who condemns, God himself.
So therefore, I will go out into the world and I will give to any who has an ear to hear. I will spread the gospel like wild seeds into a field. I care not for a person’s status or their influence, I care only for their soul and their eternity. I cannot just give to the one who can give back but must give twice as much to the one who cannot give anything. Do not be afraid to associate with anyone today but give the Gospel to any who would hear.