I despise going to the doctor. It doesn’t matter what kind. I don’t like it and will avoid it for as long as I can. For the thirty-seven weeks that I was pregnant with our son, I had to go to the doctor more than usual. My medical issues are varied. Just yesterday, I went in to see the doctor after an appointment just two weeks prior. I didn’t want to go in. I didn’t even want to call to talk to a nurse over the phone, but I wasn’t getting better. I don’t want to talk about it. Something is wrong. Anyone would tell me, “Go to the doctor!” This is not an over the counter, Tylenol type of case.
*Don’t worry I’m not dying or anything. Lots of people have worse issues, but still mine needed to be medically treated.
This situation is not unique to me, it also reflects another reality. Jesus says it this way,
“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17
Jesus, in this passage, refers to Himself as a doctor. He compares being healthy to being righteous and being sick to being a sinner. My need for the ultimate Doctor far outweighs my need for a human doctor. If I am slow to confess to a person regarding my symptoms and the pain in my body, I am slower to confess my failures and shortcomings to God.
My reaction is to refuse. I don’t want to hear your diagnosis doctor. I don’t want to change. I don’t want to stop eating this kind of food or doing that kind of activity. It feels so good; I don’t care that it is killing me.
I look away from the symptoms. I ignore the pain. When I disregard my symptoms and ignore my pain, I endure the consequences of my neglect. Then why do I avoid the warning signs God provides me through my body? Why do I similarly ignore the warning signs God provides me of sin in my life? My conscience bothers me, people confront me, I damage relationships, etc., and yet I continue in my sin.
The Good News contrasts with a medical doctor who can only run tests, prescribe medicine, and track progress. Christ’s forgiveness is complete already. He has born my sickness on the cross. Even the most specialized doctor can’t treat the sin sickness of my heart. Only Christ can, who has already suffered in my place. He did for you, too, knowing you are more sick than what a doctor can treat. He calls out for you because He knows your need for Him. You just have to confess that He is right, that you do need Him, that you have ignored, even worsened the sickness of your soul, and that only He can heal you.
And He will.