11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
12 But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
13 Go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." - Matthew 9:11-13
My wife and I are alone at home recovering from that virus that is out there. Yes Covid 19. It became very real to us and it packs a powerful punch. I have been talking a lot to God about healing, strength and mercy. I don't pray to God for healing unless I need healed or someone else needs healed. Need precedes actions. So what is the need of the sinner?
What is the need of the lost?
Condemnation? No. Better behavior? No. Sacrificial living? Nope. It is mercy! It is steadfast Love!
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. - Hosea 6:6
Am I a friend of sinners? Do sinners even want to be my friend? I know that I am a new creation and I have been given a new purpose and a lifetime job as Gods ambassador. God making his appeal through me. For that to happen I must be around sinners. Loving sinners. Living a life around them that reflects "Christ in me the hope of glory". Appealing to sinners "be reconciled to God".
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. - 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
Lord, thank you for modeling what an ambassador of yours is supposed to live like. Lord, who do you want me to lavish your great steadfast love and mercy upon and speak boldly the mystery of Christ? Who is sick, really sick, eternally sick that you are calling to yourself?
Brothers, Please pray for me Paul's prayer request in Col 4 and Ephesians 6. As I pray the same for you!
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison-
4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. - Colossians 4:2-6
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. - Ephesians 6:18-20
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.