Saturday, 25 February 2012

Lent Reflection 3

Luke 5:27-32

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he got up, left everything, and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus answered, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance."

Ever had the feeling you are not good enough? I certainly have!

What's good? How do we qualify that?

Society certainly wouldn't have classed Levi as good, or his friends at the banquet. Jesus, on the other hand, saw them all as worthy of his attention.

So Jesus requires our openness to connect with Him, our willingness to listen to Him, and our honest desire for forgiveness from the things that separate us from Him.

What's wonderful for me is that God; Father, Son and Spirit doesn't require "good" in the sense that human society views it. As all the secrets of our hearts are known to Him alone, simply being good on the outside is a shallow and insufficient response to His inestimable grace.

Lord Jesus, help me by your grace to be forever open of mind and heart and open to and for you.

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