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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Living on the Edge"

Date published: 02/22/2010

Luke 5:31-32 “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.’" (NIV)

This verse should rock your world. Human nature is drawn toward that which is comfortable, easy, pleasant, and promotes one’s own needs first. Jesus was constantly fighting the desires of those around Him who felt His ministry should be to the “good people.” He was pushed and pressured to minister and spend time with those who thought that they were more highly approved by God. Jesus strongly rebuked this concept. He knew that in actuality the “good people” were often furthest from God and least open to Him being Lord of their lives. Jesus knew that those whose lives were ravaged with sin were hungriest and most open to God. As a follower of Christ, your heart should be drawn to those whose lives need Jesus Christ. Your heart should spill over with love and compassion for them. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9 says, “We were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”  Each day ask God to give you eyes to see those who need Jesus, a heart that has love and care for them, and the obedience to draw near to them. Share not only the Gospel of Jesus, but also your love by ministering to their needs. Jesus did not call you to a walk of comfort – He called you to a walk that puts you on the edge of your comfort so that it is He in whom you trust and not yourself.


1 Corinthians 2:4-5 “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.” (NIV)