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.” – Matthew 9:10-13
We are all born sinners. I’m so thankful that Jesus doesn’t distance Himself from sinners, but reclines with us and inclines His ear to us. No matter how hopeless a cause you think you are, Jesus is ready to come to your house and eat at your table with you. He hears your heart when you speak, not just the words you say.
God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
One of the sinners in Christ’s day was the tax collector. Matthew himself was a tax collector before he met Jesus. I’m not a fan of tax collectors in our day either, but can you imagine Christ sitting down at the house of an I.R.S. agent? Don’t laugh – it could happen. He’s so much more patient than I am, that’s for sure. God is love – and He loves everyone.
Imperfection is a part of humanity. Our broken lives, whether physical or spiritual, does not take Jesus by surprise. He can handle any degree of disease or sin in your life and mine.
Saints are sinners who kept on going. – Robert Louis Stevenson
God created us to have a relationship with Him and to experience true, lasting peace in this life. Christ comes when we ask Him in to our hearts and lives.
He reclines and relaxes with us. He inclines His ear to us and hears not only what we say, but what our hearts mean. ❤