If you want to dig deeper into God’s Word, then try this simple approach:
Choose a short passage of Scripture. Then:
I. READ the passage: (We’ll use Matthew 9:9-13 for our example)
“As Jesus went on from there he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector‘s booth. Follow Me,“ He told him, and Matthew got up and followed Him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew‘s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with Him and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this they asked His disciples, `Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners‘?‘ On hearing this, Jesus said, `It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice.‘ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
II. RECORD the facts:
vs. 9 – Jesus tells Matthew to follow Him. Matthew obeys.
vs. 10 – Jesus and His disciples have dinner with Matthew and his friends: tax collectors and “sinners.”
vs. 11 – The Pharisees question Jesus’ disciples as to why He ate with such people.
vs. 12, 13 – Jesus hears about it and responds:
- The “sick “, not the healthy need a doctor.
- God desires mercy over religious observance (“sacrifice “).
- Christ came not to call the righteous, but sinners.
III.REFLECT on the implications of the facts for our life:
- “I wonder if I am as immediate and responsive to Jesus‘ call to discipleship as was Matthew.“
- “Do I still have lost friends whom I am introducing to Jesus, as did Matthew?“
IV. RESPOND by applying one of the implications to your life:
“I am convicted that I have not been more active in introducing my lost friends to Christ. Within 2 months 1 will have a dinner party for several of them, and plan to share how Christ has changed my life.”
For further practice you may want to try the following passages: John 18:1-11; Psalm 23; Ecclesiastes 5:18-20; Genesis 3:1-7; Colossians 3:12-16; John 18:15-18, 25-27; Revelation 1:12-18