We all need the doctor!

PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 5:27-32

What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” (Luke 5:31)
Do you see others as more needy than you, more sinful, further from God?
The religious leaders thought they were OK, and this was their problem.
People who know they are sick do not hesitate to go see a doctor.
Jesus reveals God’s heart, how he wants to help sinners, not condemn them.
Religion separates people into good or bad, religious or irreligious, believer or unbeliever.
But God sees all of us the same, as spiritually sick people needing healing and help.
Just because I am a believer, or a pastor, or a church-goer, does not make me better.
As hard as it is to believe, I need to repent just like a drug dealer, prostitute or rapist.
My sins may differ in type and degree, but they are still sinful, still cancerous.
They are still unhealthy, harmful to myself and others, destructive in God’s world.
We all need the doctor, we all need the messiah, we all need forgiveness, we all need help.
But only those who realize it will seek that help and go to the doctor.
I need to realize I always eat and drink with sinners, because I am one too.
Then I can see Jesus eating and drinking with me, ready to help and heal me.
PRAYER
Lord, I do sense your gracious presence in my life. Help me to see myself as no better or worse than any of the people I am with each day… and that we all equally need you and are welcomed by you.

3 Comments

  1. “Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house” Levi accepts the call to follow Jesus and opens up his home to all his associates to dine and meet Jesus – he rabbi from Nazareth. His gratitude and his hospitality is generous – and Jesus has no reservation to join the party. Levi turns it in to an opportunity for Jesus to share his message, the good news. Yet critics there were – Jesus associates with sinners – the rejected – who worked for the Romans. I would be quick to judge and excuse myself. Help me Lord Jesus to be open minded and accepting – willing to open my home and my heart to those I am hesitant to associate with. Lord Jesus you showed the way1

  2. Ever hear people talk after a sermon? So and so should have been church to hear this Word of the Lord. We all need to hear the Word of the Lord. All of us have sinned and fallen short. Jesus came for all who had need, including me. Fill me with Your presence Lord. I am Yours.

    The Lord is mine and I am His,
    His banner over me is love.
    The Lord is mine and I am His,
    His banner over me is love.
    The Lord is mine and I am His,
    His banner over me is love.
    His banner over me is love!

    He brought me to His banqueting table,
    His banner over me is love.
    He brought me to His banqueting table,
    His banner over me is love.
    He brought me to His banqueting table,
    His banner over me is love.
    His banner over me is love!

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