And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but the sinners.”
Many albums ago, Jars of Clay recorded Rose Colored Stain Glass Windows, a song that was originally performed by the Christian band, Petra. The message of the song is simple but potent: Stop watching the world from the inside of your sanctuary. Get out there and do something for it! Jesus Christ preached this same message to the Pharisees who condemned Him for “eating with the sinners and the tax-gatherers” (Mark 2:16).
As a child of God, you too are commanded to step out of your comfort zone and to minister to those who are in need. As Jesus points out, what good is a doctor to those who are in perfect health, and what hope do the sick have if no one will visit them? You who have been called by God the Father, and saved through the death of Christ Jesus, but fail to visit those who are spiritually dying, have much maturing to do.
The example of Christ is clear in Mark chapter two; His commands are evident throughout the gospels. Our purpose on earth is not to entertain or mingle with other believers, but to call out the lost and point them towards their Savior. Every child of God needs fellowship and accountability with other believers. But the one who selfishly sits within the safety of his or her group of Christian friends, refusing to risk it all for another lost soul, is in direct contrast to the word of God and the life of Christ Jesus.