Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 9:9-13 (NKJV) As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So, he arose and followed Him. Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" When Jesus heard that, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
What truth is revealed? Jesus angered the Pharisees by socializing with sinners. He defended His actions by telling His critics that the people who are sick are the people in need of a physician. In other words, Jesus was specifically reaching out to the people who needed salvation; therefore, Jesus was sitting at a table surrounded by tax collectors and sinners.
What can we learn from this story? The Church is also called to reach “sinners.” We (obviously) cannot reach people that we have no contact with, so we must build relational bridges to people that are without Christ. The Apostle Paul warns us, “Do not be deceived, bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Cor. 15:33) So, how do we make this work? Ask yourself the following questions: When it comes to reaching sinners…
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As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.