A Silver Tongue (Mark 2:16-17)

My father was a very successful dentist in Honolulu, Hawaii. He had a great technique; I know, since he took care of my teeth for the first thirty years of my life. I never had the fear of dentists that so many others experienced and dreaded. But what truly set him apart was his ability to talk to his patients and put them at ease. His patients were from all walks of life-politicians, university professors, professional athletes, entertainers, truck drivers, fisherman.  No matter their background, my father was able to strike up a conversation and find immediate common ground.


He had a silver tongue!


During my high school and college years, I lacked self-confidence and found it difficult to meet new people, much less mingle with strangers. I marveled at my father’s ability and wanted to emulate him. But desiring a skill and actually possessing it sometimes never meet. Many years later, I am better, but nowhere near the ease that my father projected.


And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Mark 2:16-17 (ESV)


One of the many reasons I love Jesus Christ was His ability to mingle and speak to people from all levels of society. Politicians, religious leaders, tax collectors, widows, prostitutes-no matter their background, Jesus was able to strike up a conversation and find immediate common ground. No wonder I love Jesus…I see my own father in Him!


Thanks be to God that I have been blessed to have been raised by a loving father and to have been adopted by my Heavenly Father, through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.


Love and trust the Lord; seek his will in your life.


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