When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Jesus had a Specific Purpose
We often marvel at those who, possessing some great ‘secret’, can think more deeply and focused; do more and gather more than seems humanly possible. Leadership books, seminars and podcasts abound to teach us the way of living a life on purpose, yet, we seem more adrift; aimless and drone-like in our existence. So, what can we glean from what Christ told the Pharisees in this verse today?
Jesus said, “…I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” He had a definite and specific purpose. He had a target group – the world; and sinners in particular. Sinners recognizing themselves to be such are the only ones that will get why it is Christ came. But more importantly – sinners seeking Christ!
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
There is no “Oops” in the Christian life – each of us has a definitive path and purpose. God tells us:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
There are Works Each Day for Everyone of us to Accomplish
These works were planned carefully before ever the world began. There was no whim or fancy to it, God determined. God planned. Those works each of us have for our life are interwoven with so many other things and people that to try to reason it out; to try to figure it out would cause our heads to explode.
So… How does one “do” The Will of God?
Seeing as how it is His will, I guess it makes sense to check with Him as to what it is that we should be doing… right? This step takes having a relationship that is interactive – we do our part and God does His. The problem comes when we want to do FOR God and not WITH God. The doing FOR God usually involves pride and what glory we will receive. Doing WITH God involves the simple humility of pleasing the One whom I serve and giving Him the glory. Doing FOR God means I have control. Doing WITH God means I am under His control.
Not only does it take a relationship, but faith in that relationship that God will do what He said He would do. God’s second greatest investment next to salvation is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God. He is to be not only our comfort, but our guide.
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Set Aside Time to Listen to that Still Small Voice
There is nothing we can say or do that will ever take God by surprise. Simply, there is no ‘Oops’ with God. As you begin your day, or if the day is well underway; take a moment away from the dings of emails and texts, the noise of music to fill the quiet and hustle of our day and set aside a time to listen for that still, small voice to lead and guide you.
Fight for Quietness in your Relationship With God
View all other things that distract you as the devil’s tool to keep you from the most vital and vibrant of relationships. Fight for the quiet – not only in your surroundings, but in your heart as well. For it is there that God seeks to speak to us, guide us, nurture us, comfort us, and love us. Do it on purpose. Ask God to help you grow to love your time with Him and you will see your relationship grow according to the promise He gave:
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.