Posted by: bshelley | June 23, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-luke-5_32

Today’s Verse: Luke 5:32 “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” NASB

When I read this verse I was reminded of the lyric from a country song “De-Nile ain’t just a river in Egypt.” Ok, I admit I have a bit of a different “take” on things occasionally. This morning I was struck by what Jesus was and was not saying. He was on His recruitment tour and had just picked up Matthew the tax collector as His latest disciple. In response, Matthew threw a dinner and invited everyone he knew to meet Jesus. That’s a very appropriate response. In fact, if more of us just did that much, how many more could be reached? Jesus takes advantage of the audience which included some snooty Pharisees and scribes to announce the real key to His ministry. In verse 31 He says, (and I paraphrase) “Look, if you are not sick, you don’t need a doctor. If you don’t need salvation from sin, well, you don’t need Me.” How many people attempt to cruise through their days filling every moment with things to do or attempting to convince themselves they are going to be ok when they stand before God by just being more “good than bad?” Jesus doesn’t attempt to goad them or convince them by rational discourse or debate. He just lays it out plain and simple. He was here to offer salvation to those who recognize their need. Until people realize that they have a problem, or are willing to admit it to themselves, they are very difficult to help. Like so many of Jesus’ conversations recorded for us in the Bible, He is speaking to people on one level and they are listening with religious prejudice and so much presupposition as to how it “ought” to be that they miss the real thing when He says,  “Here is how it really is.” He is certainly not flip about the loss of a single of His Father’s sheep, but He also knows that some are not ready to hear truth. Sadly, He knows that some won’t ever be able to really “hear” it. That did not keep Him from speaking truth.  It should not impede us either. We are to live out lives changed by His healing. We who have come out of the denial of sin and realized we needed a Savior, now have a responsibility to share that truth whether people can “hear” it or not. Some will.

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