Going to see the doctor today can be an adventure. The fear of catching COVID-19 is keeping people away from hospitals and getting the care they need. Add to that the fact that hundreds of people are filled with fear, sure they have the virus taking their places, and it can be frustrating. It’s the sick who need a doctor. The same can be said for those who are spiritually sick. Pastors are inundated with people with made-up problems while the genuinely needy go ignored.
“And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Those Who Think They Are Well
Jesus had multiple confrontations with the religious people in Jerusalem. These were the people who prided themselves on having it all together, spiritually speaking. Jesus tells theses spiritually elite that He came to minister to those who were sick. These people didn’t think they were part of that group. Self-righteous people think that they are okay, but sinners know they are messed up.
Stumbling Over Our Pride
If you asked most Christians today, most would tell you that everything is okay, even though it probably isn’t true. The problem is that our pride gets in the way, and we can’t admit we need help. We celebrate individuals who tough it out and grind through it. Accepting help is considered a weakness. This is what prevents many from having a breakthrough in their lives. They muddle through every day miserable when the cure is a step of humility away.
It’s the Sick Who Need a Doctor
If you are broken, it’s time to admit it and seek help. The Great Physician makes house calls, and He can heal you. Go to Him and those who are your church leaders and seek counsel. James tells us that the prayer of a righteous man accomplishes a lot. If you are sick, go to the Elders and have them anoint you with oil.
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