Seeking the Doctor’s Care.
In Luke 5, we read about Jesus feasting with a group of tax collectors and other people who were obvious sinners. The Pharisees and scribes grumbled and complained that Jesus was hanging out with such people. They asked why. Jesus answered them,
Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have come not to call the righteous, but the sinners to repentance. Luke 5:31
So, Jesus makes it clear by his answer that he cannot serve those who walk in a spirit of pride–those who consider themselves righteous and those who cannot recognize their need for grace and forgiveness. If we consider ourselves well, then why call the doctor? It’s when I become aware of my own weakness and vulnerability, that I am in a position to receive healing.
Jesus tells us to take a submissive position and acknowledges our need for help. That’s true humility.
“That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’” James 4:6
It’s humbling to visit the doctor and hear that I am overweight or out of shape or that I have high blood pressure, but I am wise to submit myself to the wisdom of my physician. It’s tempting to become self-righteous and think, “What does that doctor know. I can take care of myself!” But this kind of prideful thinking will only make me more sick or unhealthy. How much better it is to admit my weakness and change my habits.
Lord, forgive me for an attitude of self-righteousness. I want to remain humble and aware of my need for You. I never want to take the position that I don’t need the healing and expert care that You provide.
Seeking my Doctor’s care,