In Luke 5, we see Jesus calling a tax collector named Levi to follow Him. Back then, tax collectors were known as being corrupt, deceptive, and hated. Amazingly, Levi decides to follow Jesus and promptly invites Him to his house for a party. Levi wants to celebrate his new relationship and new calling, and he invites other fellow tax-collectors to come as well.
Somehow, the Pharisees get wind of this, and as was their practice, they condemn Jesus for eating with tax collectors. How could one who claims to be so religious stoop so low as to dine with such corrupt people? Jesus answered them by saying, “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)
Jesus came to bring healing and hope to sick sinners. The kingdom of God is for people in this condition: people who know they are sick, people who know they are sinners, and people who know that there is nothing they can do to be made well – apart from Jesus. And Jesus calls those who would follow Him to likewise go to sick sinners and proclaim the good news that the kingdom of God is for them.
In the Old Testament, God condemned the leaders of Israel for not caring for the needs of the sick and needy. He said, “Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.” (Ezekiel 34:2-4)
God has ALWAYS called His people to minister to the sick and needy in the world.
Are you taking this call seriously?