“The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Jesus once told a group of people who complained about His associating with sinners that “those who are well do not need doctors, sick people do.” We all know what it is like to be sick and in need of a doctor. Many – if not most – of us have probably searched for particular doctors, surgeons and other specialists, when we were in need. When we found what we considered the right doctor, we celebrated.
The “right” doctor was often one who took the time to listen to us. That doctor expressed empathy and understanding. The doctor would explain tests, procedures, or surgeries that might be necessary and inform us of what our responsibility would be. When we felt comfortable with that doctor, we would comply willingly, knowing that it was in our best interests.
Imagine the sinners with whom Jesus associated. Often, they had been excluded or ostracized by society. They felt that no one understood them or cared for them. All of a sudden, Jesus entered their lives. They found someone who cared. Someone who healed. Someone who forgave.
Their association with Jesus came with a certain cost as well: they were to sin no more. They knew that would be in their best interest because Jesus showed them what could be as compared to what their present condition was leading them toward.
We are all poor and imperfect creatures. We are all broken. How wonderful that Jesus takes an interest in us.
FAITH ACTION: As you wrestle with your imperfections, give them over to the Lord and ask Him to reshape you into His image.