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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Calling all sinners

And Jesus answered and said to them, "It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. "I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."
Luke 5:31,32 NASB

Jesus the great physician is proclaiming the reason He goes where others will not go. He goes to those that need Him most. His purpose in what He is doing is to get those He interacts with to turn their lives around and follow God's way.

Of course the reason He is making this proclamation is because those that think they are in no need of repentance are complaining that He is spending time with those they find offensive. Little do they know that their attitude is offensive to Jesus.

We should take this interaction to heart. There are going to be those times when we will look on others with disdain just as the the scribes and pharisees did. When we find ourselves doing this we need to remember that such behavior is offensive to our savior. If we are offending our savior, we are sinning too and must repent.

If we are to be true disciples of Jesus we must be willing to go where other people won't go. We can't call sinners to repentance if we ourselves are sinning in our attitude. As Jesus disciples, His mission is our mission. We must be mission minded.

Mission minded doesn't mean throwing money at the efforts of others. Not to say that we shouldn't help others in their efforts. It means that you care as much for the spiritually ill as Jesus does and you want to have them come to Him for spiritual healing. Today make up your mind to become “The Physicians” assistant and triage those that are sick. Prepare them to meet the Great Physician.

© 2012 Leo J. Woodman

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