Matt. 9:12-13 When he heard this, Jesus replied, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor--sick people do!” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ˜I want you to be merciful; I don’t want your sacrifices.’ For I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough.”
How do you look upon yourself? Do you see yourself as spiritually healthy? Are you doing alright in your walk with the Lord? Do you think you have all your bases covered?
Let us pause a moment and reflect about this. Isn’t it true that none of us are perfect? We all know our strengths and our weaknesses. We focus on our strengths and think we are in good shape. Yet, when we think about our weaknesses, we realize we are not as well as we thought we were. We hear, read and meditate on the Word and recognize our sinfulness. We know we are guilty of not being whom we could and should be in Christ. We do well in some areas but not so well in others. Be honest with yourself; it’s true isn’t it?
We tend to skim over those things which convict us. We don’t pause and let the Spirit apply certain portions of Scripture to our hearts because our pride doesn’t want to admit we are guilty. We don’t like humbling ourselves before God and confessing sin which is exposed.
Yet, the Lord says that that is precisely why He came. He came to call us to himself. He came so that we would see ourselves as sinners and go to Him for repentance and help. He came so that we would let Him work in us to make us healthier. He came to forgive us, make us stronger, engage us in the battle for our spiritual health, and make us fit for His kingdom.
I challenge you today to let the Spirit of Christ reveal your sin to you and convict you of it. I challenge you to take an honest look at your soul and admit you are not as well off as you try to convince yourself and others that you are. I challenge you to let the Spirit help you day-by-day to be the person in Christ God wants you to be.