Read Matthew 9-11
Highlight: Matthew 9:10-13
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.”
At first reading this scripture seems so self-explanatory, of course Jesus came to help sinners, and if we were perfect people we would not need him.
The harder part is accepting that we are all sinners, and not just that I sin a little, but that we all sin majorly! It is a truth that I need to hear over, and over, and over again. Weekly, daily and even hourly. Being a Christian does not mean that we model perfect behavior for non-Christians, but that we model that we understand we are sinners and try to do better, over and over and over. I constantly need to ask forgiveness and ask for guidance on my everyday path.
Dear God, plant my feet firmly in the way that Christ leads, and let my mouth speak words that honor you. Keep me in the truth Jesus taught; fill my body with his life in me. This I pray in Christ’s name. Amen.