In God's Eyes

June 17, 1997
by Kenn Stright

Luke 5:29-32 – As he sat at dinner in Levi's house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples – for there were many who followed him. When the scribes and the Pharisees saw that he was eating with tax collectors and sinners, they said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?" When Jesus heard this, he said to 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 sinners.'"

A Sunday School teacher was trying to talk to the fifth grade class about being called by God. The teacher really tried to make the story come alive, telling of Jesus' call to those who fished or collected taxes, the simple, ordinary people of his day. Finishing, the teacher asked, "What does this tell you about Jesus?" One student immediately responded, "It tells me Jesus was a lousy judge of character." And maybe he is. Maybe God is a lousy judge of character for picking people like you and me to be his disciples and responsible for the message of Good News. But if so, I still thank God that I am called and chosen and precious, and it really doesn't matter who or what I am, as long as I am Christ's.

Prayer: God, I don't feel I am the right one for the tasks you have for me this day, but I trust you have chosen correctly. Help me, Jesus, to live and love and reach out in your name. Amen.

About the author:

Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
West Petpeswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

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