Party with sinners
Mark 2: 13-17
13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,”Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.
15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Phariseessaw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 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.”
If they had run opinion polls in the community those days, I think tax collectors would have been voted the least trustworthy occupation. They were not well liked. So a tax collectors booth was was not the obvious place to look for a disciple. But there Jesus was calling another disciple—Levi.
Notice Levi’s response. He gets up and follows! When Jesus calls there is an immediate action taken—leave the activities that He is calling you from and obey—but notice where Jesus leads him. A party at his own house, with his own friends and his new brothers, the other disciples of Jesus. When Jesus calls us, we are called first to our friends and family, those in our sphere of influence. Often we come into the church and out of the world, losing touch with those people we were once closest to. Instead, maybe as disciples and followers of Jesus, it is our job to bring those people together and bring Jesus to our houses and hangouts.
Levi was not perfect. Unlike the paralysed man, he didn’t seek Jesus out for healing. Jesus sought him and called him to a life of service. Jesus came to help the sick, the sinners, not those who feel they have no need of Him. Where can you take Jesus today?
- Follow Jesus, when and where He calls.
- Take Jesus with you, into your spheres of influence.
- Focus on the sinners, let those who think they are healthy look after themselves.