I am thankful for the Barry medical clinic. Dr. Raif has always been helpful every time I’ve seen him. There have been other associates who’ve worked there over the years and seems like they have done a good job as well for me or my family. The nurses and the receptionists are so kind and helpful. There is only one problem with the doctor’s office. I know that when I see them either one of the children, or Gretchen or I am sick! On most ordinary days, we get by without a doctor. When we are sick is when we really need one.
“When he heard this, Jesus replied, ‘Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do.’ Then he added, ‘Now go learn the meaning of this Scripture: “I want you to be merciful; I don’t want your sacrifices.” For I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough.’”(Matthew 9:12,13 NLT).
Jesus focuses on this point – sick people need a doctor. One of the problems is people think they are just fine on their own. Sometimes, people don’t see the warning signs physically and a serious illness creeps up on them. Spiritually, some people don’t see the illness they are suffering with. What about you? Are you aware of your spiritual state? Are you seeking out the doctor and the help you need? Yes, our clinic is good. Christ’s clinic is even better!
In the middle of all this, Jesus talks about mercy. He wants us to be merciful. Sometimes, we are like the unmerciful servant in the classic parable. The king has forgiven us a massive debt. Yet, we are stingy about forgiving an associate a small debt. Are you merciful? Are you willing to be patient with others? If you are unforgiving and impatient, that is a sign you don’t know Jesus. Or at the very least, he is not rubbing off on you. He is patient and forgiving.
So come to the great physician. He will make you whole. He will also heal you so that you can be a nurse that goes out and dispenses his medicine to others. Are you a nurse who is helping spread his cure? Come to the good doctor to be healed. Help spread the cure.
Written by Jimmy Hodges