I don't know about you, but I am extremely grateful for the medical care that is provided here in America. If we are sick, all we have to do is hop in our car and go to the doctor. When the doctor figures out what is wrong, he gives you medicine and over time you become better. But even though America's hospitals have some of the most brilliant doctors and medication available, I still know someone who is much better at taking care of people's needs.
This person works for free and checks up on you whenever you come to Him. You don't need a phone to talk with Him; you don't even have to leave home! But despite all that this person offers, there are many who still won't come to Him. They are afraid that being cured will limit their life, they feel that they must heal themselves before going to see Him, and they are waiting to feel chosen by Him.
The man I am talking about is Jesus. You see, as humans we are born sinners, but God sent His only son (Jesus) to die on the cross so that we may be saved from the disease of sin. Many don't understand this, but Jesus is the ultimate physician!
Sadly, a lot of people believe that, by becoming a Christian and following Jesus, their lives become limited or they aren't free to do what they feel makes up a real life. While it is true that, as a Christ-follower, we have been commanded to stay away from certain things and to do what is right, God promises us that He has a plan for our lives. This plan is so perfect that our minds can't even grasp it, and because of that, sometimes it seems as if God wants to limit our lives. But this is not true! The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11, "'for I know the plans I have for you,' says the LORD. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'" This shows that while we may think that becoming a Christian limits our future, God's plan for our lives is to give us a future!
There are also people who believe that they must become better people in order to come to Christ. This does not make sense! In fact, in Mark 2:17b, Jesus tells the Pharisees, "'Healthy people don't need a doctor--sick people do. I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough.'" Doesn't it make much more sense that a doctor's services are much more valuable to those who are sick? The same is true with Christ! Here on earth we will never be able to reach perfection, but because of our Master Physician, we are healthy in God's site!
What about those who wait for God to choose them before they accept Him? Some believe that they must feel as if God has chosen them to become Christ-followers. The truth is that we have already been chosen! John 15:16 tells us that Jesus chose us, "You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name." There is no need to feel like we must wait on Christ to choose us! He has already chosen us!
If you haven't accepted Christ, you may fit in one of these three categories. Do you feel as if you must change in order to come to Christ? Or do you feel that accepting Christ will limit your life or are you waiting to feel chosen by Christ? Please understand that that is not the case!
For those of you who have already accepted Christ, do you go to the Master Physician constantly? Do you openly choose Him and obey Him in front of others? Do you put faith in God's plan for your life?
We must all remember that God came up with the ultimate prescription for our sin disease-His one and only Son (John 3:16). A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way to be cured of our evil desires and the only way to Heaven (John 14:6). Constantly remind yourself to tear down the walls that get in the way of being close to Christ. Lay down your burdens and God will give you rest (Matthew 11.28-30).