LET’S CALL SOME SINNERS

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17 Jesus said this to those who were criticizing Him for eating with tax collectors and sinners, the unacceptable and rejects of “good” society (those who saw themselves as right with God because they followed all the rules and ritual). He did not say any were righteous, but the reference was to those who saw themselves as righteous. He came to rescue those who not only are sinners, but who realize and know they are sinners and not right with God. These are the only ones He can help. I don’t know about you, but I know who I am. I am, in and of myself, a sinner, lost and without hope. But now in Jesus Christ I stand as a forgiven sinner by the work of God through His Holy Spirit, a child of my Heavenly Father. I heard the call and I answered. Have you? And if you have, what is your life about now? Are you involved in a club for righteous people? Or are you involved in a hospital for sinners?

Here’s what Jesus was about. One day he came to a place where there was a man in horrible shape. He had an unclean spirit. “Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.” Mark 5:5 Jesus didn’t walk away or avoid him. Jesus didn’t give him a few comforting words and leave. Jesus spent some time with the man and ministered to him and healed him. How many today live in similar torment, unable to overcome whatever it is that has enslaved them. Perhaps not possessed of a demon; but surely slaves to various sins and addictions, in pain and torment crying out in many ways for relief, for deliverance, for anything to ease their situation.. But still enslaved and returning helplessly and hopelessly to what they hate to try to find something to relieve the pain inside.

And what is our response? to ignore? to walk on the other side of the street and turn our heads? to condemn as unworthy or hopeless? to express anger at their effect upon our society? or maybe to reach out in a compassion that feels for them, but in effect makes excuses for their condition and leaves them still enslaved? How about reaching out to them in the love of Jesus; With the truth of His love, forgiveness, and power to overcome any sin habit or addiction or behavior pattern; and to free them from any and every enslavement.

Are we willing to reach out and touch them with our heart and concern as Jesus reached out to touch the leper? Are we willing to love those who do not want to love us back and spend at least some portion of our lives for them as Jesus gave Himself for us (and them) “while we were still sinners?” Romans 5:8

I cannot tell you any specifics of what you should do: who to reach out to; how much time to give; what methods to use; what ministry to be involved in. This is the job of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him! Ask Jesus. Ask your Heavenly Father. Ask for a warm heart. Ask for eyes to see, for ears to hear, and for sensitivity to others in your daily life. Ask first for the change in you. And seek to know Jesus and walk with Him daily and you will become more like Him as He lives in and through you to be His heart and hands ministering love and healing in this world.

-Pilgrim41144

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