Matthew 9:1-17; Leviticus 3-4; Proverbs 20
Perhaps one of the greatest revelations I’ve ever had about my faith is that Christianity is not for “good” people. In the days of Jesus, the Pharisees were the “good” people. They were religious, they were political and social leaders, and they were looked up to and admired. They did the right things and they had the right friends. They were the people who criticized Jesus the most and in turn, received His sharpest rebukes. Jesus hung around with the “other” people. He called a tax collector to follow Him and then they had a party. The tax collector invited his friends: other tax collectors. “But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When Jesus heard it, he said, ‘Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do.’” (Matthew 9:11-12) In this amazing statement, Jesus never said that the Pharisees didn’t need Him. He was pointing out the fact that they thought they were healthy and didn’t need any help. A lot of Christians get to that point and I daresay that I’ve projected that attitude at times. In truth, we come to God not in our own strength, but in our weakness and we lay it before Him. We come with our sins, recognizing that we need God’s healing power. God will always accept a penitent sinner. He tends to rebuke the proud sinner who doesn’t recognize their own sin. Today, enter into God’s presence and offer Him your weakness and your sin recognizing His life changing power.
Oh Lord, I come to You today broken and asking to be mended; wounded seeking to be healed. I confess that I have tried to seek You on my terms in my own strength. Remind me that You love me just as I am and bring forgiveness and then healing for my sin. Keep me in fellowship with You.