come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:10-11
But, I don't have the ability to make someone "whole", as Jesus does.
Perhaps those in attendance at the dinner didn't realize that they were not "whole", but Jesus did. He knew that they were in need of Him. He was the Great Physician making a house call. In fact, the same story as told in Luke 5:27-29 reveals that the tax collector was Levi, the disciple who had just responded to Jesus' invitation, "follow me", by leaving everything behind and beginning to follow Jesus. The dinner was actually a reception that Levi was giving for Jesus! He "received Him!" Levi, who had all the money he could desire, found that wealth did not fill him; he needed something more. When he found it, he wanted to share it with his friends whom he realized were also sick and needy.
Don't we do that even with the little things that we find make our lives better? We share recipes, recommend hairdressers, tout certain vitamin supplements, and try diets that have worked for others. We readily recommend good doctors, but do we just as freely trust our lives to the reputation of that Great Physician? Do we refer others to Him?
My treatment plans recommend more than prescriptions medications. I address diet, exercise, therapy, 12-step groups, supplements, substances to avoid, habits to stop, tests to be done, and follow-up. God also has a treatment plan for our lives. Do we follow it? Or do we not get past the prescription of John 3:16?