And Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered and said to them, ” It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Luke 5:29-32 NASB
After Jesus called Levi, Levi threw a big party for Him that was attended by many, including tax collectors. The Pharisees complained that Jesus was hanging out with these unrighteous people. Jesus’ response? “The healthy don’t need a doctor. Only the sick. I didn’t come for the righteous, but to call sinners to repentance.”
Jesus was seeking to heal spiritually, to make whole, to deliver. He was seeking those who knew they needed something. He was seeking those with enough humility to know that they had no righteousness of their own.
He is still seeking these.
We are all sick and in need of a physician, sinners and in need of a savior. But we often act like the Pharisees, depending on our own righteousness and judging those we deem to be unrighteous.
Avoid the example of the Pharisees. Seek God with humility. He WANTS to deliver us from sin.
When we forget this, we judge others’ unrighteousness as greater than our own, or ignore our own altogether. We are proud and self-righteousness, and we incorrectly believe ourselves to be self-sufficient.
We need the Physician to heal us, probably even more when we think we’re righteous.
Only by His grace are we delivered from sin, not by our own “righteousness.” Only by His grace can we have enough humility to recognize our lack of righteousness.
If we allow this truth to impact us, we might truly be delivered from the sins that plague us.