“I have not come to call
the righteous but sinners
“Why don’t you straighten your left arm?”
I lifted my sleeve and she gasped, “What’d you do?”
“When I was six, I was Batman. I ended up with a double-compound fracture. The bone floated in the cast to the wrong part of the growth plate.”
It may be easy to tell somebody they should just repent and get their life together, but if they need healed in a broken area first, it’ll be frustrating, if not an impossible road of repentance riddled with failure and disappointment for that person. That would be like expecting me to straighten my arm out and Mephibosheth to place first in a marathon on his own strength (Read 2 Samuel 9).
You have to walk with hurting people and meet them where they’re at first. Connection with God, the true source of healing, is what brings healing and repentance. And when you connect with God, you’re naturally repenting.
The Pharisees thought they had their walk with God down, but in reality, their spiritual-legs were as broken as Mephibosheth’s physical legs. By thinking religious flesh effort would win right-standing with God, they spurned the very source of healing that said, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
The great ending to Mephibosheth’s story is that he did win the marathon of life because he was carried by King David’s grace. We, like Mephibosheth, though we’re broken, are carried by God in King Jesus’ perfect righteousness, not our own, presented to God as completely whole and holy, being more than conquerors through Christ (Romans 8:31-39).