And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. ~ Matthew 9:9-13
Jesus “reclined” at the table.
A table filled with the riff-raff of the day.
Reclining at table makes me think of being at ease and comfortable.
This is freedom.
To sit at a table with those unlike you – or even, for me, to sit at a table entertaining anyone –
and to just recline and be at ease.
This is the essence of Him knowing where His validation comes from. Not from what those people think of Him.
Not from what the Pharisees are going to bust in and accuse Him of.
Just ease in knowing He is where God has put Him.
He knew the Pharisees were going to come barging in; just as we know people, things, opportunities are going to fail us.
But it didn’t change His mission
or His freedom.
And He was there to show mercy.
O, that I would walk through my day with the same desire. But, if I am in Christ and I have been raised again with Him – this mercy is possible.
As I renounce all the idols, fillers and other things that are “rooted” in my heart…
as I open up space
that space is filled with mercy. As there is less of me – there is more of Him.
His grace (could we even add mercy here?) is sufficient for you.
It is enough!
For His power is made perfect in weakness
my weakness comes from letting go – letting Him remove what is growing in my heart and choking Him out –
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the Power of Christ may rest on me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
The Power of Christ – resting on Me.