Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is … Need.
Upon Matthew’s invitation, Jesus went to have dinner at Matthew’s house, which caused quite a stir among the Pharisees. Why? They could not understand how Jesus could sit with the likes of Matthew.
“But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ”˜I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:12-13, NASB)
The Pharisees “thought” they were righteous when in actuality, they were sinners. We are not always the people we think we are, or seem to be. Do I let Him show me where I need to change? Do I let Him then change me?
Jesus showed mercy in sitting with sinners, outcasts, and those on the fringes of society. He often interrupted their day, showing up when they least expected, to bring healing to their bodies and their souls.
Today may the Lord help me to remember I am a sinner. I need Him to make, and keep, me spiritually healthy. May I never to forget my great need for Him, for I need the Physician to keep my heart filled with mercy, grace, and compassion for this world.
Who needs a physician?
We all need the Physician, each and every day.