After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick (27-31).
This brief vignette has me wondering this morning…
Do I spend too much time trying to convince the healthy they need a doctor rather than spending time with the sick who need a doctor?
Do I spend too much time with people who have ready access to ‘doctors’ rather than going to places where people are desperate for doctors?
I am wondering if I spend too much on life living among ‘healthy’ people who have little or no spiritual need.
I don’t know. I am conflicted.
Where I live we have MANY wonderful doctors and although I am generally healthy, I do need my doctor and other specialist-doctors during every year. So, though I am generally healthy, I appreciate having doctors here when I need them. Then I travel to developing nations where there is a shortage of doctors and the need is HUGE. One doctor can make a difference for many, many people.
Jesus’ words have me wondering about living among people with spiritual needs… who are they and how can they be ‘found.’
I get the analogy; I am wondering about practical application and what God may be saying to me…
Lord, provide me clarity on this as I go about my day and ponder Your words more throughout my day. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.