“On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” Matthew 9:12-13.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Samuel 25-26, Psalm 63, and Matthew 9.
I have had it in my head for a while that my place of influence must first of all be with those in my immediate midst. Not so sure of that after today’s reading in Matthew.
A person cannot be helped unless they figure out that they need help. Extensive time can be spent contriving ways to bring such folks to where they see their need.
I must certainly pray and care about those in my immediate midst. I can’t write them off and/or ignore them. I desperately want them to hear and believe in the Good News. However, as in Jesus’ day, there are needy around here who know that they are needy. Those are the people Jesus used His energies to minister to so why don’t I do the same thing?
Recall that Jesus was mocked by His family for being Who He was. Recall that within Nazareth there were folks willing to push Him over a cliff! Jesus was disappointed in those happenings and did not choose to spend much time in that setting. They were unreceptive to Him and His message and so instead He moved to where the needy were.
Am I willing to venture to where the needy are? Am I locked into the security that my immediate midst provides? Am I content to spend my energies in the unresponsive setting I’m currently in? Will I let God guide me to where I can help needy folks? How about you??
“Lord, I want to be where You want me to be, doing what You want me doing. Guide me there, O great Jehovah. Take my life over. I surrender to You. I know that on my own I have nothing Godly to offer anyone. Fill me with Your Wisdom this day so that I will see and help the needy I encounter. You are a great God!”
With God’s help, find the needy in your midst. Don’t waste time trying to argue with the self-righteous.
+9 steady but still too high