“I desire mercy, not sacrifice, says the Lord, for I did not come to call the just but sinners.”
I am so grateful that Jesus meets us where we are
at. We don't have to perform all kinds of righteous deeds in order to get God to notice us. Jesus says, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” Luke 5:32
Jesus continues to call us. He continues to invite us to walk with Him hand in hand on
this journey. Jesus doesn't force us but offers a perpetual invitation: “Come follow me.” He will never ever give up inviting us to surrender our lives to him.
When I was lost in the cesspool of my own self-centered sinful life, Jesus was still calling me. I wasn't listening. In his mercy, Jesus allowed me to live in
the cesspool for a few seasons, until through much anguish and pain I called out to Him. I finally took the cotton out of my ears and began to hear Jesus calling me to repentance. He took the mess of my life and transformed me. For me, the transformation process
is on going and will be all the days of my life.
When I meditate on
the Stations of the Cross, tears sometimes well up in my eyes when for the love of me and you, Jesus suffered and died. I love Jesus so much and I only want to serve Him in all that I do and say.
Even when I fall back into sin, Jesus holds out his hand and leads me to the door of the confessional where his mercy and forgiveness await
me. I cry out: “Teach me your way O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.” Psalm 86.
Let us pray every day for conversion of hearts in ourselves and others. “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man,
says the Lord but rather in his conversion, that he may live.”Ez 33: 11