It’s Not The Healthy Who Need A Doctor

this week i had 2 conversations with 2 different people. one was expressing disappointment in our church and how our sunday services don’t go “deep” enough for the more “advanced” christian, and the other was expressing gratefulness that we were able to meet him where he’s at right now.  the first has been a christian for a long time, the second has just started giving church a try.  i tried to have compassion and grace with the first guy, but frustration quickly entered my heart.

i honestly wanted to grab him, look him in the eye, and shake him.  because it’s not about him.

if you’re growing and you’re “advanced”, that’s great! then you know how to keep growing and how to keep feeding yourself. and you know the importance of accountability, and bible study, and prayer.  so do it!  …make it happen.

but along the way don’t forget where you came from. because there’s probably still people back there that you can love on.


After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.  Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”  Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  Luke 5:27-32

3 thoughts on “It’s Not The Healthy Who Need A Doctor

  1. I went to the church’s website, and I see that there is a lot going on at LCC. (I already knew that in general, but I was looking for specifics.) It seems to me that the person who wants the the Sunday services to go deeper ought to consider all the other opportunities offered by the church. Specifically, the Community Groups and the Wednesday services look like good fits. And as you say, someone who is “advanced” ought to be able to pray and study on his own, rather than needing to be spoon-fed all the time.

    A priest who helped out in my parish once said about preaching that one can never be too basic.

    BTW, I heard that your recent sermon was good, and so I just checked out the notes. Of course, there was a lot more in the actual delivery, but it looks well developed and insightful.

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