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 2:17
Jesus was dining with tax collectors and sinners. The Pharisees saw this and so grumbled amongst themselves, but Jesus knew their hearts and called them out. He understood that it was not socially acceptable to hang out with the least of these in society. But Jesus also knew it was these that needed saving; needed to be made well.
So, why do I go to Church? First and foremost, the phrase in itself is incorrect, why do I congregate with the Church on Sunday? That is a much better question, remembering that the building is not the Church but the people are and so we don’t “go” to Church but bring the Church with us. We must remember this above all else because people are the most important.
So, why do I gather, is it to boast in my perfection with other perfect people? Many times that is just what it feels like. Perhaps I have come for prayer because of a physical sickness. However, even as layperson, in the congregation, I have rarely, if ever, heard or overheard any conversation about spiritual sickness. As a matter of fact, most Sunday’s during invitation I see many hearts who want to respond, but none that come forward for prayer or healing from their spiritual sickness.
Why is this? Are we that afraid of being sick? Are we that afraid of eyes that might ask, what’s wrong with that person? Why? Did not Jesus come to heal the sick. Even His disciples had some pretty big issues after they started to follow Him. So why not me?
I choose this day forward not to be ashamed of being sick. I choose this day forward to talk about my spiritual health. I will discuss it with the doctors in the Kingdom that I may receive the healing prayer and words upon my soul. I will not be afraid of people and what they might say, no, I will fear the Lord and lean on His grace instead. Wont you join me?
Thanks be to God,