"Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus" (Luke 15:1).
The Pharisees seemed to attack Jesus and use against Him the very reason He came. They confronted and challenged His living example of what they had failed to follow. The "sinners," the ones rejected and reviled were drawn to Him. Jesus was a magnet to people, not because He condemned them, but because He loved them. He was more interested in getting to know them than pushing Himself onto them for them to know Him. The Pharisees wanted to be seen. Jesus wanted to see them, for them to know that He cared, that He could look past all they had done and all the places they had been. He saw, not who they were, but who they could be.
He was sincere. This was His attraction. He represented something so different than the lives they were living, and different from the lives of those who were more concerned in judging them. He loved them. He was complete, secure, fulfilled, and they desired it. They were attracted.
Oh, to be more like Jesus. Is this your daily goal? This is to be your heart's desire. Ask Jesus to help you to become more like Him. Those that Jesus loved were drawn to Him. Ask Him to enlarge your heart and breathe on the fires of your passion for Him, that others would be drawn to the love of Jesus in you. Resist the temptation to be judgmental, condemning, and assuming. Choose not to surround yourself with people who serve to further your own comfort or convenience. Be one who, because of the light of Christ shining within you, becomes a beacon of that light draws, attracts, and connects to those who are longing for that light. Let your life be that which reflects a peace and fulfillment that you have found and continuing to discover in Him, that they, too, are hungry for.