WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE?
And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Matthew 9:11-13 New King James Version).
If Jesus ate with sinners, what makes some of us think we are so special or elite that we absolutely cannot associate with non-believers? What makes us think we are above those who don’t know Jesus? Just because we are saved does not give us the right to look down our noses at those who don’t know salvation. We are just as bad as the Pharisees if this is what we think. We cannot continue to go to church to be fed and not take such food out into the streets, sharing it with those who need it. We are filling our spiritual bellies on Sunday and getting fat, but we are starving those out there who really need it.
Let’s look at what Jesus said: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.” – Do you sit back when you are sick and expect your doctor to come to you? First of all, how can you be sure your doctor even knows about your illness? You have to call your doctor, or go to see him. Jesus went where the sinners were. He did not wait for them to come to Him. He sat Himself among them and taught them, He spoke with them, He cried for them and with them, He touched them, He healed them, He forgave them, but most of all He LOVED them.
Church is not just for Sunday’s and it is not only for the saved. We must get out there. There are people who don’t know our most precious and Holy Lord and Savior, and it is His commission that we share His Gospel with them. We must stop stuffing our spiritual faces on Sunday mornings, and save some spiritual food to give those who are starving. Fellowship is wonderful and spiritually uplifting; it empowers and encourages us to share Christ with those who are lost. Let us share our testimony and see what miracles the Lord does! There are famished, seeking, lost people who may attend a small group bible study instead of Sunday service. All we have to do is ask.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we come before Your throne humbled this morning. We ask that You forgive us for our complacency and laziness. We have become used to the idea that Your love and grace and gospel will be shared by others and so some of us do not share the gift of Jesus. Forgive us for being selfish, for soaking up Your food and not giving it to those in need. But we are so thankful that Your mercies are new every day and that they endure forever. Today, we ask that we be given a new chance, a new heart, a new desire and that is to bring the seeds of eternal life in Jesus more boldly to those souls that are crying out, that are lost, that are hungry. We ask that Your Spirit begin to till and fertilize the hearts of those whom You have set before us, we pray for thirsty hearts, ready to drink Your living water. We ask for the power of Your Holy Spirit to be whispering to us and showing us the fields ready for harvesting. We pray that we move aside our flesh and our human nature and allow Your Spirit to speak through us, reaching that famished heart. May we experience a deeper intimacy with You through our obedience and eagerness to share Your Son. Lord, we ask that You create new opportunities and deeper desires to bring Your Good News forth. We give You all the glory, there is nothing that we can accomplish on our own, we can only do things through You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you feel you are spiritually starving today, begin to share what you know about Jesus with someone who knows nothing and just like the 5 loaves and 2 fish, what you share will begin to multiply and you will become spiritually full and encouraged to continue to share! When we bring the gift of Jesus to those who don’t know Him, we see God’s economics at work; He blesses us to be a blessing. Go on, straighten your shoulders, pick up your feet, let the Spirit guide you and then open your mouth!
Additional Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 9:37