Focus: Luke 5:31-32
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Jesus is taking his ministry to the people. He is spreading the gospel where the people are. Jesus has no formal gown, proper podium, or fancy building. He is preaching from a boat! He is meeting the people where they are and building his church with these ordinary people in their natural environment.
Each one of us has a calling. Some adhere to it without hesitation, others find excuses and turn away from it. What is your situation? Are you following God’s calling, or are you turning away? As Christians, we are joining Jesus in this ministry of meeting people where they are, and teaching them the gospel. Everyone’s calling is different.
As we see in verse 11, “So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” Simon, James and John are called to a higher level of servant evangelism. Others remain in their professions and these become their ministry field. Jesus has no pre-determined criteria for being a follower of Him. There is no job title, education prerequisite, or specific training.
We read about Levi, a tax collector whom Jesus called. Levi throws a dinner party for Jesus and invites all of his fellow tax collector friends. As you can imagine, tax collectors have a bad reputation with the general populace, but here Jesus is with a whole house-full eating dinner. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law are confused as to why Jesus is having dinner with these sinners. The act of eating dinner in someone’s house is a sign of friendship and Jesus is dining with a multitude of tax collectors. Talk about going to where the people are!
In my opinion, verse 31-32 is a huge statement in Jesus’ ministry. In response to the Pharisees’ confusion and question, “Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’”
We need to follow this example. We need to put aside our pride, humble ourselves, and get into the trenches as Jesus did. The church is the hope of the world and Jesus changes people’s lives. Are we willing to go where the sinners are? Go where the gospel needs to be told? Follow our Lord and Savior? My prayer is that we will.
Dear Jesus, I pray for humility. I pray for strength, for wisdom, and for clarity. I pray for clarity in my calling and in my area of ministry. I am your servant whom you have called, and I surrender. I surrender to your will. In Your name, Amen.