EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE
Matthew 9:9-13—As Jesus was walking along, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow Me and be My disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed Him. 10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and His disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” 12 When Jesus heard this, He said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do . . . ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” (NLT)
What could showing “mercy” look like to people who everyone else thinks are “scum”?
Why would one of the most righteous things we could do as a follower of Jesus perhaps be to simply think of ourselves as a sinner?
Jesus, thank You for coming to save sinners like me. Yes, I know You think of me as so much more than a sinner—since I am, first, Your child—but I also know my brokenness teaches me the language of humility through which you can speak directly to me. Yes, sin broke me, but grace saved me when I could never raise myself. Please remind me today how all the other “sinners” and “scum” around me are just like me . . . first, Your sons and daughters. We are all loved by You. In Jesus I find my truest value, so I pray in Your name, Amen.