“And Jesus replied to them, It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.” Luke 5:31 Amplified
Jesus had just called Matthew, otherwise known as Levi a tax collector, into His group of disciples. Matthew was so happy and excited that he invited Jesus and all of his friends to a great banquet at his house. At that time tax collectors were considered great sinners because they stole from the people, by either overcharging them or saying they didn’t pay their taxes when they did.
As usual the Pharisees were nearby during this gathering and accused Jesus of hanging out with sinners. His reply is our verse for today.
We must remember that as believers Jesus has sent us out into the world to proclaim the gospel. We may not get invited to an IRS banquet, but we do go out into the world every day. While we don’t partake of sinful activity we can still show others, by our response to temptation, the gospel message. Jesus said we are to be in the world but not of the world.
Finally, Jesus replied to the Pharisees, “I have not come to arouse, invite, and call the righteous, but the erring ones, those not free from sin, to repentance, to change their minds for the better and heartily to amend their ways, with abhorrence of their past sins.”
Jesus showed love, but he also proclaimed repentance. He never told anyone in scripture that it was alright for them to continue in their sinful lifestyle.
We must show people love, but they should also know that we do not condone sinful behavior either. If they question us we must always point them to Jesus.