If you and I took an honest look at ourselves in the mirror, we’d have to say to ourselves, “I’m sick. Something’s wrong. I need help.”
We tell ourself, “I must spend more time praying.” But we don’t. Or, “I need to read the Bible every day.” But we won’t.
We break our own rules. We know we’ve broken God’s rules.
Maybe you’re not sick. Maybe you’ve got your life together. You’re believing and behaving the right way. You’re doing everything you need to do to be a “good Christian”, a follower of Jesus. Your life is about helping other people. You’re okay, but they’re not.
Sorry. I don’t think Jesus can use you.
Those who are comfortable with themselves and willing to look in the mirror and admit, “I’m sick. I need something. I need help.”, are prime candidates to become followers of Jesus.
“It is 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.” Matthew 9:12-13 NIV.
If you’re not sick, you must be righteous. You must be believing right and behaving right. But Jesus didn’t come to call you to be a follower.
If you’re sick. Jesus’ call to follow Him is for you.
Andy Stanley's video series, Follow was an inspiration for this post. Andy Stanley is Senior Pastor at North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia