Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard this, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.’” vss. 11-12

Matthew 9:9-13

All people have been made righteous in Christ! This is a basic tenet of Christianity 101. But an astounding number of people seem to believe their righteousness derives from their own acts and decisions. Since these self-righteousness folks have more in common with Pharisees than they do Jesus, it seems strange to find them in our congregations. But they’re there. They show up, sometimes in large numbers, and are quick to judge and slow to forgive. Often they’re adept with the scriptures and are skilled at finding passages that give support to their particular prejudices. They love making theological distinctions and showing off their knowledge in Bible studies and classes. This wouldn’t necessarily be a problem–we like to have good, decent, law-abiding folks in our congregations. But these people are a real pain to have around! They aren’t any fun at all–which is likely why Jesus preferred to hang out with sinners. We have to constantly be on our guard around religious people–they’re always listening and watching. But when we are in the fellowship of sinners we can relax. No more pretensions or facades! We can be who we are, sinners yearning for the unconditional love of God. No more, no less!

Thought for the Day: My most relaxing group of friends!


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