Reading: Matthew 9: 9-13
I used to watch the television series, "Dharma and Greg." I found Dharma's refreshing personality to be endearing. In one particular episode, Dharma's grocery checkout girl is having a baby. She is at Dharma's apartment (to explain why would take some time) and is delivering the baby in the bathroom. Dharma's husband, Greg, keeps saying that they should take her to the hospital to have the baby. Dharma and her mother, products of our 60s culture, keep saying, "Why should we take her to the hospital. She's not sick!"
Jesus is asked a similar question when he begins his ministry. The Pharisees wonder why our Lord is surrounding himself with tax collectors and other sinners. Jesus answers by saying that healthy people don't need doctors, sick people do. Therefore, He should be near sinners to show them their salvation.
God wanted sinners to follow Jesus Christ. That way, they could see "the light." In the same way, we should be willing to minister to those who do not believe in Christ. If we surround ourselves only with those who believe in God, how will those who do not know our Lord ever find out? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Discuss or meditate on this quote by William James, "The greatest discovery of my generation
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