1/2/14 BIBLE PASSAGE (Luke 5:17-39)
Jesus Christ was criticized for attending a party that was organized by a tax collector. When Matthew, the chief tax collector threw a party for Jesus, some of his colleagues attended. Everyone had a nice time with Jesus, but the event sparked rage with Pharisees. The Pharisees criticized Jesus, and they wanted to label him as an immoral teacher. However, Jesus corrected his critics and said “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32).
Inconsistent Christians could be labeled as Pharisees, since the Pharisees were not consistent with God. A “Pharisee Christian” shifts his or her focus from serving God to something else. For examples, Pharisee Christians worship their church and/or their pastors. Some worship at the movie theater, and others worship their material wealth. Pharisee Christians wrongly presume their fellows who reject a specific mode of worship as sinners. However, God expects the Pharisee Christians to change their beliefs and positions to become genuine born again Christians. All children of God are expected to faithfully serve God. They must avoid criticizing others; instead, they should use their talents and energy to do things that are profitable for the kingdom of God.
Dear Jesus Christ, please make me a true Christian who will focus on faithfully serving you at all times. Let me pursue and promote your interests throughout the world. Let me be less critical of others, but enable me to focus on actions that will motivate people to move closer to you, and serve you better. At the end of it all, let me hear your favorable statement, “Weldon my good servant.” Amen.