A Motley Crew of Misfits

Y’all have probably figured out by now that I LOVE music. Music defines me. Music fills my soul. Not just music, but Christian music. Worship music. I usually have the radio playing in my home and my car. Often I’m not actively listening but it gets into my heart & soul as I go through my daily routine. But sometimes something will jump out and grab hold of me with the Wonder of God.

This morning as I was getting ready to leave the house a song came on that I don’t think I ever really heard before, but let me tell you I can’t wait to hear it again! The song is “Come to the Table” by Sidewalk Prophets. (I know I’ve heard it before because it’s been out for a couple of years, but I never heard it quite like this before.) The line that grabbed hold of me was, “a motley crew of misfits.” That may sound like an odd phrase until you realize that’s exactly what the disciples were; a motley crew of misfits. Some were educated, some weren’t. Some were fishermen, one was a tax collector.  Some we’re not sure about, but we do know one thing, they weren’t much before Jesus called them. They were, indeed, a “motley crew of misfits.”

Too often people think they have to clean up their act before they can come to Jesus. This just isn’t true, and we need to spread the word that Jesus is available to EveryOne! I heard a youth minister say, years ago (some of y’all probably hadn’t even been born yet) that we need to go to God and let Him clean us up. And that’s the whole truth!

Matthew was a tax collector. And he wasn’t an honest one! He was trouble for everyone. He cheated and he stole. He lined his own pockets with other people’s hard earned money, yet Jesus called out to him. Jesus got hold of Matthew’s heart and cleaned it. Matthew became one of Jesus’ main disciples; one of the apostles. Can you imagine how different the world would be if Matthew had said, “I need to clean up my act before you can bless me, Lord.”

Don’t do it! Don’t hesitate! Take that step of faith and accept all the blessings Jesus wants to pour over you. Let him love you with His Agape Love. I’m glad I took that step so many years ago. And I’m glad He forgives me whenever I stumble and need to go back to that repentant stage & get cleaned up all over again…and again…and again (Well, you get the idea.) Let me know if you want to talk more about becoming one of a “motley crew of misfits.”

Instead of a fashion tip, I’m closing with the words of the song. See if you find you in the words:

“Come to the Table” Lyrics

By Sidewalk Prophets

We all start on the outside
The outside looking in
This is where grace begins
We were hungry, we were thirsty
With nothing left to give
Oh the shape that we were in
Just when all hope seemed lost
Love opened the door for us

He said come to the table
Come join the sinners who have been redeemed
Take your place beside the Savior now
Sit down and be set free
Come to the table

Come meet this motley crew of misfits
These liars and these thieves
There’s no one unwelcome here, no
So that sin and shame that you brought with you
You can leave it at the door
And let mercy draw you near

Just come to the table
Come join the sinners, you have been redeemed
Take your place beside the Savior now
Sit down and be set free
Come to the table
Just come to the table

To the thief, to the doubter
To the hero and the coward
To the prisoner and the soldier
To the young, to the older
All who hunger, all who thirst
All the last, all the first
All the paupers and the princes
All who fail, you’ve been forgiven
All who dream, all who suffer
All who loved and lost another
All the chained, all the free
All who follow, all who lead
Anyone who’s been let down
All the lost you have been found
All who’ve been labeled right or wrong
Everyone who hears this song

Just Come, come to the table
Oh yea, come join the sinners you have been redeemed
Take your place beside the Savior
Just sit down and be set free
Oh come on
Just sit down and be set free
Come to the table
Come on now
Come to the table
You’re welcome here

 

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