“We’re given the gift of mercy.”
Ok, so I just used today’s scripture in our last series, but it’s just soooo good, I had to!
“Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?” Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”
What’s the point?
What You Have to Gain Through a Relationship With Jesus:
We’re given the gift of mercy.
The Pharisees, or religious leaders, in Jesus’ day were hmm, let’s say judgmental, to be nice. They felt that because they understood God’s Word, and did all the ritualistic stuff, that they were better than the sinners. They judged and looked down upon them, refusing to associate with them.
Enter Jesus, this man whom people were calling the promised messiah. Jesus, an amazing teacher of God’s Word, was now caught hanging out with “BAD” people?!?!???
The Pharisees, who looked for every opportunity to discredit Him, shout, “Look, if He truly were our promised Messiah, do you think He would ever associate with sinners, the lowest of the low in society? No way! He should be far more holy than that!”
I love Jesus’ response to this! In fact, His entire Earthly Ministry actually points to this exact thing – He came for ALL, to LOVE ALL.
Jesus was not here to make us feel bad about ourselves, He was, and is all about mercy!
We have all been given the gift of mercy, actually we are continually given this gift of mercy every single day.
What does that mean for you and me?
We are called to live freely in His mercy, letting go of the guilt and shame. We are also called to extend mercy to the people in our lives as well.
Leading by example, shine His light to the people in your life today.
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
One of the biggest things we GAIN, out of a relationship with Jesus is the opportunity and privilege to pray.
We are committing to establishing a habit of prayer over the course of this study. For further information check out The Steam section of Day 1’s post.
So …. How’s your prayer time going? Do you need or want to make any changes?
I’d love to hear from you!
If you’re looking for further ideas, advice, or want to share your journey please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message!