Sunday, January 27, 2013

The sick need a doctor

I love the word of God. It is alive and teaches me everyday. 
I went through a period where I had no hunger for the Word, I still loved the Lord but didn't see the importance or value in digesting it continuously. After a long period of prayer I have developed a hunger for God's word like no other and through discipline and obedience He is teaching me how to read His word.

Matthew 9:9-12:
  As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth.“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.  But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”  When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”  Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

For some strange reason it's easy to lose sight of what Jesus says. In fact we sometimes do the opposite of what Jesus commanded us to do. I have been to churches where instead of being welcomed with open arms a sinner is made to feel unwanted and unworthy of being in the presence of the "perfect saints" who make up the church. Everything Jesus says in this passage is completely contradictory to the religious spirit. We are supposed to be on the hunt for disreputable sinners so we can introduce them to our Savior and they too may be saved. This is such a humbling scripture, reminding me that Jesus has come to call those who know they are sinners, instead of those who only think they are righteous. Pride and a religious spirit are straight from the enemy and trying to get to us in any way. 

Jesus, Help me to become the lowest of the lows, a servant just as you are. Teach me to humble myself and think of no one as better than myself. Give me strength to overcome whatever the enemy throws my way. Lead me to the people that need your love the most, and help me to remember my purpose.


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