Devotions for March 11, 2014

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Matthew 9:9-13

9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.

10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”

12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and 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.”

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: In verse 12, Jesus says, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do.” Do you know someone who is ill with cancer? If you knew someone had the cure, would you want them to share it with you? If you figured out how to heal people, wouldn’t you want to help as many as you can?

Q: Do you know people who don’t know the love of a savior? Or people who don’t know that they could have everlasting life? You have the cure for THAT! Do you have a desire to share the healing people can find in Christ? Why? Why not?

Q: If you only talked with other Christians or shared with only those who believed the same thing you do, would you find yourself growing in your faith? Or just being selfish? Would you be robbing people of the chance to find the freedom that Jesus can give?

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