"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
I think we have all seen in the news recently the dangers of having an unrealistic opinion and perception of yourself. Perhaps this kind of thinking is more prevalent among the more financially or politically successful elements of our communities, but it is certainly not limited to it. We have all know people who are never wrong, never need help, always seem to 'have it all figured out' and always know best. Sometimes these qualities are super helpful, these kinds of people tend to get things done and move projects forward because of their self confidence and assurance, but if a problem ever arises you can rest assured that it is never this person's fault because in their mind, they don't make mistakes. Having a right self-perception is also an important part of following Jesus. If you have it all together and have figured it all out for yourself, then you have no need for Jesus. The only problem with this kind of thinking is that God himself tells us in his word that none of us have met his standards, that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. In other words, we all need Jesus. When we fail to recognise our own brokenness and need for a saviour, then we fail to recognise who Jesus is and what he has done for us. Jesus was always clear on the purpose and task that God had for him to do, he was to restore humanity to God. God also wants that to be our task, to continue the work of Jesus of restoring people to himself. It is hard to do that if we spend all our time with people who think they have it together. Let's be more like Jesus as approach our task from his perspective, to seek and save the lost.
Lord Jesus, sometimes I feel like I have to know all the answers before I can talk to people about you. Help me to remember that I am not yours because I am perfect or righteous, but that I am yours because of your perfect love and sacrifice for my sake. Help me also to make sacrifices that lead people to trust in you and to always keep you as my focus and perspective through which I see others. Amen