Jesus Can Restore You
When I moved to Katy, we found a dentist for our family who was particularly kind to pastors and their families. But to take advantage of his services, we had to agree to regular visits. That was a change for me. I hadn’t been to a dentist in ten years as I had never had any cavities or experienced any trouble with my teeth. When I went for my first visit I was expecting to hear, “good job! keep it up!” as that’s all I had heard from my dentists in the past. Instead, I learned my gums needed attention. Instead of coming every six months, he scheduled me for every three months. Things weren’t as healthy as I thought they were. (Thankfully now I’m back on track.)
My case isn’t unique. How often do you hear of someone going to the doctor for a physical or to treat an unexpected accident and finding out that something inside is seriously wrong? We often think we’re healthy when the reality is otherwise. That, of course, is the case Jesus highlights when he says in verse 17,
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
He’s talking about spiritual health, more specifically, your relationship to God. My relationship with God was like this for years. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I asked the Lord into my heart when I was 10 years old. From that day forward I thought I was a Christian and a pretty good person. I never really felt any need for a relationship with Jesus and so I never really pursued one. It was in college that I made some bad decisions and felt like a moral failure, really for the first time. That’s really when my journey started as I was suddenly aware that I had been spiritually sick my whole life and just didn’t know it.
I think there are a lot of people like this out there. You might be one of them. Maybe you said a prayer at some time in your past or you joined a church and you feel pretty good about your life and how you’ve lived. But the reality is that you don’t spend any time with Jesus. You may pray at times, but it’s only when you need something. Maybe you received a bad health report or someone you know is facing cancer or some other illness. You go to prayer then, but that’s about it.
The healing you need runs deep in the heart. And once Jesus touches you there, you know it. He invites you to draw close and follow him.