“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.”
If you have ever been with a medical professional “on call” for the weekend, it can be at times rather inconvenient. It never fails, just as you sit down to eat or hop into the boat for a day on the lake, their phone rings. Everything has to stop in order for the sick to be cared for. Medical personnel do not have a choice; they have to take the call. The patients entrusted to their care are dependent on their knowledge and mercy.
As members of the Body of Christ we too are always on call. Most of us are great disciples when we are comfortable and it is convenient for us. We gladly reach out to those who join us each week in the pews because it is easy to tend to the healthy. However, Jesus “came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Accepting his call means ministering to the spiritually sick and those who are not part of the church. True discipleship calls us out of the pews and into the world—so that all will know the Great Physician!
Prayer: Lord, give us the strength and wisdom to follow you without hesitation so that others may know your true healing powers. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Dawn Rister,
Gordon Conwell Seminarian
& Youth Minister at St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church in Chapin, SC.