Plug In…Pour Out
Tax Collectors and Sinners
Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:9-13
Key Verses: Matthew 9:12-13
On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
What is the ultimate goal of plugging into a ministry? We know it gives the person plugging in a sense of belonging. We also know it gives an inner joy because we’re pleasing God, but neither of these reasons is the ultimate goal. That goal is all about sinners! We function in the church because we believe the local church is God’s tool in reaching lost people, sinners headed for hell.
Jesus reminded the religious people of the day that He came to call sinners, not the righteous! The New Testament bears this truth out that the righteous—those already in God’s family—are to do everything they can to help sinners come to Jesus. When the Pharisees watched Jesus eating with tax collectors and sinners, they were offended. They thought that the righteous were to stay in some type of “holy huddle.” They thought being righteous meant never associating with the unrighteous. In other words, they thought this whole deal was about them. It wasn’t and it isn’t today either!
We pour our lives out for Kingdom purposes because there are people who are lost; they need a savior! We pour our lives out in some ministry that contributes to calling people’s attention to their lost-ness and to God’s love and grace! Not all ministries are on the front lines with personal contact with sinners, but all ministries lead to that ultimate goal. Plug in…Pour out!
Father, you have given me a hope for eternity. Remind me to pass that on to others who are hopeless! In Jesus’ Name, amen.