An acquaintance has a gambling problem. Another can’t get enough of strip clubs. A friend attends church regularly, but can’t stop posting half-naked selfies. Another just can’t seem to climb out of the debt hole. Still, another friend drinks too much, while yet another is secretly addicted to pornography.
By the way…I’m included in one of those categories, just so you know.
What do we all have in common, besides being failures in some personal area of life? We’re all human. But, you know what? Despite our humanity, Jesus meets us right where we are; in our most vulnerable states.
In the book of Matthew, chapter 9:10-13, we see Jesus hanging out with tax collectors and “sinners” at Matthew’s house. Now, if you want to imagine that in terms of today’s society (particularly urban society), think about it like this: Jesus went to the hood Bar-B-Que to eat with the dope boys and the turn-ups. When the uppity suburbanites hear of this party, they immediately check Jesus’ crew.
“Hey! Why in the world is he hanging out with those thugs and degenerates?”
The bible says, upon hearing this, Jesus replied, “It’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
“What in the world is that supposed to mean?” asks the snooties.
And therein lies the problem. Most unbelieving people can’t understand the gospel or show respect for Jesus because they don’t even see their own need to have him in their lives.
Thankfully, Jesus cares enough about man to meet him right where his sins are exposed. He does so in a loving way.
Can I be 100 with you for a minute? This statement may adversely effect my future loan inquiries, but it may also set someone free, who just might be suffering from the same struggles; strength in numbers and all that. I struggle with debt. I have for most of my adult life. No matter how hard I try to trim fat, my financial savvy is a constant trainwreck. It’s not that I spend money on ridiculous items. I simply haven’t found the formula for getting ahead of the expenses my large family regularly incurs. While this “thing” of mine is a thorn in my side, Jesus never once punished me for battling this sin. Yes; it is a sin in my life. I have to discover what keeps me financially bound. While it may be something simply for Dave Ramsey to point out, I struggle with it daily. It’s my cross to bare. Because I recognize it, I know that I need the Lord in my life. I need him to help me through the rough times, to locate the source of my sin and to ultimately eliminate it, because I can’t do it on my own.
Everyone’s got their thing. The importance of recognizing your thing, is knowing you don’t have to try conquering your thing before you come to Jesus. He already knows what your vulnerabilities are. So instead of acting like the suburbanite snobs (I don’t have a problem. I’m perfect in every way), bring your baggage straight to him and let the Lord walk you through it.