Athlete, It Is Check Up Time

Luke 5:27-32

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, "Follow me." And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."

As we finish these verses today, this is not a fun devo, but it is one we all need to read.

Jesus words to the Pharisees have the ability to hit us in the heart or slap us in the face. Jesus said some tough words to those who had the power in the culture. He has some tough words to say to us right now as we read these verses.

Read these verses one more time. Did it hit you this time?

We have to see ourselves as sick if the Great Physician, Jesus, is going to cure us.

The Pharisees wrapped their sin in respectability. They made themselves appear good by publically doing deeds and pointing at the sins of others. Jesus chose to spend time not with these proud, self-righteous religious leaders, but with people who sensed their own sin and knew that they were not good enough for God. In order to come to God, we must repent. And in order to renounce (or repent) from our sins, we must recognize it for what it is.  

So today let's do something our culture doesn't like to do, let's recognize sin and call it what it is, sin. Let's not justify it or wrap the sin in respectability; let's take it to Jesus and ask him to heal us. Let's pray for open eyes, hearts, and minds to see our actions, motives, and thoughts with the right lenses. Let's pray that when we do see sin in us, that we truly want to get healed from it, not just call it out and move on.

To follow Jesus is to become more and more like Jesus. This will challenge what you do and why you do it. Sometimes going to the doctor is painful but don't let that pain stop you from going to the Doctor.





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