Growing up reading the stories about Jesus and the teachers of the law, I used to think how bad the Pharisees were. They were the ones who taught Gods word and right from wrong but they were always judging and questioning about Jesus actions.
The other day I read this part of the bible; “Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum? ” When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
Mark 2:15-17 NLT
And I felt God ask me “are you a Pharisee or someone Jesus eats with?”
I wonder if Jesus came today and acted the way he did would many of us say “why is he eating with them?” “Why is he doing that?” To be honest some of the stuff he done was out there and a shock to many people.
The people in the story Jesus chose to eat with were ones that had a bad reputation and were “spiritually sick”. But the thing is we are all spiritually sick and lacking without the key element of Jesus. He is the reason why we can live in freedom, joy and full of love. Take him away and we become unhealthy again.
What do you think about people who blantently do something that is against what you believe is good? Are they bad and you are good?
We are the same, but with one Huge difference, which had nothing to do with ourselves being good but everything to do with Jesus being perfectly good.
To remember “I need a doctor” and that doctor is Jesus we remain humble and God is able to use us. The more we know Gods word, his ways remembering that we are not “self righteous” but “made righteous” is so important.
Jesus chooses to eat with us everyday, he chooses to be with us constantly and be with us though we are not perfect and Maybe once considered scum to some. And though Jesus is surrounded by sinners and imperfection he never changes, the people around him change, full of joy, freedom and power.
If someone is lacking white blood cells what would happen? A perfectly healthy person would now be a sick person. Just like our bodies need the right amount of blood cells to function properly, every person needs Jesus to become a spiritually healthy person.
Take that important element away and we go back to being an unhealthy person.
Being a Christian should mean that we are grateful everyday that he chooses to do that and be excited to invite others to be healthy and join the party where he is at. Choosing to love and show Jesus to those who least expect.
It’s easy to get into looking at others sometimes just like that “religious group” in the story and look at others by their actions rather than what God has done for them.
But God always expects us to love, he never expects us to judge. Because people always act out of the condition of their heart.
How amazing is it that in an instant of excepting Jesus we go from being covered in sin to clothed in righteousness and even more exciting that that is for anyone and everyone who chooses too.
If we humble ourselves God will conintue to elevate us in him and show us more and more beauty and make us more healthy than yesterday.