While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:15-17 NIV
I must confess, I need a doctor. I am not truly “healthy” by worldly measure. My physical health is, at best, OK. I am nothing close to being wealthy. I do not possess an over abundance of materialistic items. I am not famous, not even well known. So, according to earthly measuring, I am far from being healthy and successful. But, beyond that, I am a sinner, in need of the only true doctor to deal with this matter. I am so grateful that Jesus Christ came to earth for sinners and not the healthy. I know that often I fall short. But I know there is someone who always loves me, and waits for me to come to Him with a heart full of remorse, a heart that knows that without Him I am eternally lost and doomed. Nowhere besides in Him can I find true peace and joy. Only in Him do I have true purpose and know why I am here. I am here to share the message of the Good News. I thank God every day that He bestows upon me the duty to spread His word. Yes, I truly need a doctor, the one and only doctor of the heart and soul. I pray that you need Him as well. In Him is everything that we truly need.