And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, 'How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?' I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.
Who exactly did Jesus come to save?
The lost and prodigal children of God. The down and out people hoping to rise. The tired, hurt, maimed, bent, bound, poor and possessed. Truth seekers desperate for a new life.
To teach and heal them. To cast out demons. To free them from Satan, sin and ruin. To help them enter the Kingdom of God.
Who exactly DIDN'T He come to save?
1) Hypocritical religious leaders who think they had the right to judge others.
2) Kings, leaders and high-placed politicians who think their strength makes them invincible.
3) Rich men with servants, status and assets who think they own the keys to happiness.
Since they think they've got their best life right now, they don't believe they need a Savior's help. Much less His Order toward selflessness.
Since the world agrees, then aren't they right(eous)?
God says, 'There is none righteous, no, not one' (Romans 3:10). 'There is no one who does good' (Psalm 53:1). So when prominent Jews questioned Jesus about His questionable company, He answered them with Godly irony.
They didn't make His final callback list.
Today, many who call themselves Christians... also believe they're extremely right(eous), especially when compared to others.
Yes, they're quick to add, 'I'm righteous in Christ,' but their words and acts don't follow His lead. 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me' (Matthew 15:8).
In turning millions away from Jesus, Christian posers are earth's greatest danger.
## Christian Posers: The Righteous (Part 3)
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Posers series.