Matthew 9:12-13

The Message (MSG)

 12-13Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”

When We Look At Jesus’ life and ministry we can see how important relationships were to Him.  Jesus knew what God’s plan was for him.  Jesus knew that He was on earth for one thing.  To die for you and me.  But at the same time He wanted us to know that by making relationship with others we could show them who Jesus is.  Using Jesus as an example we are to follow what he started.  Telling everyone who we encounter who Jesus is by creating lasting relationships.  Jesus was friends to many sinners, The people of the church of the time did not associate with sinners and thought of Jesus to be not a man of God because of who He associated with.  But in fact Jesus was befriending those who were spiritually sick and was bring them back to His father.  We should have friends who need Jesus in their life, just as Jesus did so long ago.  Allowing them to see the testimony or the story of our life where Jesus Himself is first in our life. 

Our Prayer:

Lord God, you are all-knowing and you know what the plan is for our life.  You are the one who puts us where we need to be to show your love to others.  I pray today that you put me in the path of someone who needs your love today.  Use me to shine your light today.  Help me to be a friend to others who need you.  Amen.