If you think you have it all together, it’s doubtful Jesus has much for you…
And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Those who think they have it all together are usually the ones who look down on those who don’t. Yet, just as God the Father “opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6), Jesus -God the Son- says He comes “not to call the ‘righteous’, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13b, quotes added).
For those who think they have no need of grace, there will be no grace to be found. For those who know their poverty of spirit, the abundant riches of the grace of Jesus will be poured out on them, to as a great a degree as they are willing to ask for and receive.
The “poor in spirit” are blessed indeed. (Matthew 5:3)