What immediately comes to your mind when you think of church? Who is the first person that comes to mind when you think of a Jesus follower? Do those two thoughts make sense when you put them together? Or do they seem to be very different thoughts?
There are people who think of the church as nothing more than a social club. Perhaps they see all the flaws in the people of the church and want nothing to do with it. Maybe all they know of the church are the negative stories told by the news media. In either case, they don’t see a need nor have a desire to be part of it.
Some of those same people know people who go to church regularly, even if they don’t know it. There may be people they work with who are regular church goers, but they don’t talk about it. They may sit beside a follower of Jesus in a classroom without realizing it. They drive by churches in towns across this country and don’t even notice them. They are simply part of the landscape. This is very unfortunate and sad.
You see, the church was put here by God to be a place to heal the sick. As we see in today’s passage, Jesus states He came to call the sinners—those who need healing. He even references being a doctor to heal the sick. Each follower of Jesus is a member of the church, and we are to go about healing the sick—the sinners—much like a hospital heals those who are physically sick. We are also to be about preventative medicine, teaching people how to live abundant lives by following Jesus. We need to rid ourselves of our self-righteous image, thinking we are better than everyone else, get down in the trenches, and start doing the very same work Jesus did—seeking and saving the lost.
It is one thing to have confidence in knowing we are saved. It is a completely different attitude that looks at others as though they are less than we are. We are all sinners. We all need Jesus to be saved. We all are to be about doing the work Jesus has tasked us with. We need to recognize that we work in a hospital, not participate in country club activities.
I pray we all seek to eliminate self-righteous attitudes. I pray we go about working in the church/hospital. I pray each one of us seeks to be a true follower of Jesus and work as He worked. Recognize the church as a hospital. Seek to heal the sick. Rid yourself of self-righteousness. Work as Jesus did. Follow His lead. Seek to save the lost.
Matthew 9:12-13 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.”