Matthew 9: 9-13
Matthew 9: 9-13: As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”
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.”
Through reading and reflecting on the Bible I am more and more realising that God uses people who are struggling and stressed, who don’t have their lives together, but who are willing to follow Him.
In this amazing passage Jesus chooses Matthew to serve Him, someone who is hated amongst his community as he was a tax collector. So Matthew knew about stress, he would have known what it was like to struggle and yet Jesus chose him. He could have chosen someone well liked, someone successful, someone who had there life in order, but He chose Matthew. Why is that?
Jesus’ answer is: ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.’ Jesus is stating that He is interested not so much in the healthy but those who are sick. Sick doesn’t just refer to someone with a cold etc.. but about the miserable, those who are weak. The God’s power is revealed through my weakness. In spite of my flaws and shortcomings, I am able to achieve great things, but not because of anything I have done, but through God working through me. The glory goes to God!
The Bible page I started on Facebook has just passed 700,000 ‘fans’ and continues to be amongst the top 10 fasted growing pages with vanity URLs on Facebook. This is not due to me, but God working through me. To God be the glory for great things He has done!
But more significantly than things like the Bible page, God’ power is revealed in the fact that through Jesus dying on the cross I am saved! When it says: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” The greek behind ‘mercy’ refers to the salvation offered through Christ’s death and resurrection.
What an amazing encouragement! As I struggle, Jesus’ power will be revealed; but much more, in turning to Christ, in admitting my sin and seeking to draw close to Him, Christ’s power is revealed!