I just started reading the book "Cast of Characters" by Max Lucado & am loving every minute of it.... I want to keep reading straight through but am making myself stop & reflect of each character that he talks about. I've already been through Joseph - which was interesting since we dont know much about him, & I just read about Matthew.
Mr. Lucado spoke upon how Jesus was walking - saw Matthew - said to "follow me" - & he said "Alrighty then"... not those exact terms, but you know.
And at the dinner that Matthew had for Jesus where they invited "other disreputable sinners" - the Pharisees ask "Why does your teacher eat with such scum?"... lets look at Jesus' answer:
"Healthy people don't need a doctor - sick people do. Now go & learn the meaning of this Scripture: "I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices". For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners" -Matthew 9:12-13 NLT
Oh snap! Jesus had some good come backs - didn't he? But what hits me the most - those who THINK they are righteous & those who KNOW they are sinners?
Why did that hit me so hard? Because we live in a world where so many people love to point fingers & point out everyone's sin & never looking at their own. Thinking they could never be as bad as that person or do what they've done - THINKING they are righteous?
Believe me - I KNOW I'm a sinner!!! Do you point fingers & think how much better you are than someone else? Or do you know you are a sinner? If so - take heart - Jesus came just for you!