“But when Jesus heard that, He saith unto them, They that be whole (spiritually healthy) need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (MATT 9:12-13).
“Then touched He their eyes … and their eyes were opened …” (MATT 9:29-30).
Our Lord Jesus saw Himself as a physician for men and women who were sick, both physically and spiritually, and so should we. Unfortunately, the Pharisees and Sadducees, of Jesus’ day, did not see themselves in this light, nor did they desire to be merciful to those who needed mercy the most.
May God deliver us from such a spirit!!!
I am afraid that, whether we like it or not, we have become far more concerned about ourselves than we are about others. I believe this is especially true when it comes to those “big sinners,” if you know what I mean. I read these words a few week’s ago:
Evangelism is not in the DNA of the American church— and it never has been. Most Protestant churches in America were started by people fleeing religious persecution, coming to America, and starting churches for themselves. I am convinced that five hundred years later, the average American church is still a group of people whose primary concern is themselves. Amazing!
Sounds so much like the Pharisees of old!
In addition to the above, I jotted down in my journal this morning the following words:
Whether we like to admit it or not, often our eyes are closed to the truths of God’s word, the true condition of our hearts, and the sad plight of our world. But Jesus has always been in the eye-opening business!
God knows we need teams of men and women who are committed to getting involved in spiritual medical missions, reaching those who are sick and in need!
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?’ (MIC 6:8)