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This Week's Bulletin Article


     In Matthew 9:9-13, we read, As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." (ESV)

     You may have read this passage before. If you are like me, you might have thought to yourself something like - that's just like those Pharisees, always thinking that they are better than others and wondering why Jesus didn't notice.

     Here's the problem - we can become just like the Pharisees if we aren't careful. The Pharisees were great at the technicalities of the law, but they had forgotten the underlying principles (Matthew 23:23-24). The Pharisees were proud of their "obedience" to the point that their religion had become their idol. They based their worth on the fact that they could keep the commands (and their traditions that they had added) better than others.

     We must not give in to the temptation to compare ourselves to others when it comes to the gospel. The Pharisees looked at others, like tax collectors and sinners, and felt that they, themselves, were doing great and didn't need any help. They lost sight of the truth which Paul later preached in Acts 17 in Athens - God didn't need them, but they absolutely needed God.

     Here is a humbling thought - no matter what I do, God is still God. Here is an amazing fact - God loves me and desires to have a relationship with me forever! The more I understand that, the more I will realize that if I'm a Christian and saved by the grace of God, it's not because of how good I was or am. I'm saved because of how great and gracious God is and because of what Jesus has done and is doing.

     God has that desire for everyone (1 Timothy 2:3-4). So we must not look out our stained glass windows, metaphorically speaking, and think that Jesus has no place among "those people." We must act like Jesus and get out there with those people. We must show the same sort of compassion and kindness to people that Jesus did. We must realize that it is only because Jesus showed compassion and kindness toward us that we were saved.

     People are spiritually sick. Lives are broken. What am I doing to help guide them to the one who can heal them and put them back together? God forbid that I ever pass someone by because I don't feel that they are good enough to be a Christian! May I never forget what God and my Lord have done for me and refuse to share that good news with others.

Greg Surles
Birdwell Lane church of Christ

Preacher: Greg Surles

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Teaching, Training and Transforming Lives Into
The Image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29)