Scripture: On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “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 NIV
Observation: Jesus is instructing on his ministry. Jesus came to earth to cleanse and sanctify sinful people and to provide a means for those same sanctified sinners to live forever.
Application: When Christians look critically at Christians who “associate” with the dregs of society or have ministries that are out of the norm, aren’t they behaving like the Pharisees or like all of the people, Jew and Gentile, who shunned the Samaritans? Today at church we had a guest speaker. He spoke about this very subject. He taught from John 4:39a, “many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony…” His premiss was that the very Samaritan woman that Jesus spoke to at the well; the very Samaritan woman who shared her testimony in her hometown and caused many to believe, could be indirectly responsible for my faith. If Jesus had shunned that Samaritan woman and not cared and shared–she wouldn’t have cared and shared, her neighbors wouldn’t have believed, they wouldn’t have cared and shared, Christianity wouldn’t have spread and I may never have come to know Christ. It was a truth I hadn’t really considered before, my belief in Christ could be tied to a biblical character, especially a lowly character like a Samaritan, but it was a truth none-the-less. And it was a great reminder to me that ALL people are loved by and important to the Lord.
Prayer: Father, thank you for caring for the lowly. Help me to share you with others. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen