“It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
As in Jesus’ day so in our day there are many people who feel they are not in any special need of God or His help. Human pride is a very dangerous thing. It blinds us to our true condition. In the passage above the religious establishment asked Jesus: “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and “sinners”! They were completely oblivious of their own need. They did not see themselves as sinners in need of salvation.
So in the matter of conversion to Christ, some people may be less concerned than others because they do not feel they are in the same needy place that others are. Thus their pride in their own righteousness blinds them to their need of a Saviour and their “conversion” is not real. It is shallow and lacks a sense of deep gratitude that those have, who see themselves as they really are.
In Luke 18:9-14 Jesus tells a parable to those who were “confident of their own righteousness”. Do not be so confident, friend, for we are all born into this world as sinners, and while some may go far deeper into sinfulness and evil than others, we are all nevertheless in need of a Saviour to reconcile us to God. Our own confidence in our perceived goodness cannot do it. It is not enough to satisfy the holiness of God. We need someone to make us acceptable to God. That is why we have a Saviour. But if you don’t see your need, what good is the Saviour to you? Humble yourself before Him now and trust in Him for your salvation.
O God, I have been proud and presumptuous. Please forgive me. Give me a deep understanding of my sinfulness and lost condition and help me to trust in Jesus as my Saviour.