When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Matthew 9:11-12
Jesus had went to Matthew’s, a tax collector, house to eat a meal. While there many other tax collectors and sinners came to eat also. The Pharisees saw this and wondered why that was happening. Jesus stated that it was the sick who needed the doctor, not the healthy.
A person who is not sick will not go to the doctor very often. He may go once a year for an annual checkup, but unless he is sick, he will not go any more to see his doctor. There is no reason to see a doctor unless a person is sick or injured.
There is a sickness that people have that is often overlooked. It is the sickness of sin in the life of a person. Many believers are very quick to gather with other believers, which should happen, but will not spend any time with non-believers.
Part of the reason for this is that believers do not want to be led into sinful ways. They do not want to be influenced in the wrong way, so they avoid non-believers, and hang out only with believers.
The problem with this is that Jesus gave the command to all believers to go and make disciples of everyone. The people in this world are dying from the disease of sin and need a doctor to heal them. The only way that they may come to know the doctor is if someone tells them about the doctor.
Jesus is the only doctor that can bring healing from sin. It is your job, as a believer, to bring that good news to them.
The only way you can bring the news of Jesus to those lost in sin, is by being around them. Spend time with the sinners to show His love and compassion for them. In the process of doing that you can share the gospel message and many will listen.
Give the sick a chance to know the Doctor and be healed. Do not hoard that information to yourself and others like you. Jesus came to seek and heal the lost and sick. Bring Him to those people.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that God will help you not be influenced by the world; that you will be an influence for God to the world; and that you will share the gospel message to all people.