• Eli Schnell

People and Problems


Jesus surrounded Himself with imperfection. The twelve disciples struggled to understand and were tempted in various ways. Peter often spoke without forethought (Matt. 16:22). Judas greedily took from the moneybox, and for money betrayed the Lord (Jn. 12:6; Matt. 26:15). James and John, the sons of Zebedee, wanted to destroy the Samaritans for their rejection of Jesus (Lk. 9:54). These disciples, who walked with Jesus for years, had spiritual problems. Jesus spent most of His time with people who were spiritually broken and did not consider them a waste of His efforts. Instead, in Luke 5:31-32, He said,

“It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

As gatherings of the church begin to resume their regular frequency, remember to call people to God. Invite them to learn from God and worship Him as He desires. Share the gospel with anyone who will listen and do not fret over problems you spot that will require further attention with the Scriptures. Every person, including every Christian, needs to be molded by God into a closer representation of His holy character (1 Pet. 1:15; 1 Thess. 4:1).


Let God shape your character to match His. He compassionately brings broken and problematic people to Himself for their spiritual good. Each of us came to Him to be made well. He received us and mended our spiritual wounds (Eph. 2:1-6). Should we not extend that kindness to others (Matt. 7:12)?


As you prepare to meet in person with your local congregation again, bring with you people who are spiritually wounded. Fill the meeting room with people and their problems, then work together with them and God to bring about holiness through submission to His Word. The gospel is for all!

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