Mark 2; 2 Samuel 4-5; Daniel 2:24-49
So much of life revolves around food. What are we going to eat? Who are we going to eat with? In fact, who we eat with even makes a statement. This was true in Jesus’ day too. So one day he called a tax collector named Levi to follow him. Levi threw a dinner party to celebrate at his house. Guess who showed up to eat with Levi and Jesus. All those good religious Pharisees stayed away; in fact, the only ones who showed up were other tax collectors and sinners. This didn’t sit well with those religious leaders. They sniffed and asked His disciples what kind of a leader they were following if He would eat with people like that. Jesus’ response was classic. “When Jesus heard it, he said to them, ‘Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners.’” (Mark 2:17) The irony of this whole situation is that those Pharisees needed to repent. Their problem is that they didn’t recognize that they were sinners. Even today, the same situation exists: Jesus calls on people to repent – to turn to Him. Those who accept their need to repent do so and Jesus welcomes them into fellowship with Him. Those who think they don’t need to repent, continue living according to their own desires and even though they think they are in good with God, don’t have fellowship with Him. We all come to Jesus through His sacrifice by repenting of our sins and turning to Him; there is no other way.
Lord God, You came to me not because I was so good, but because You were so loving. Like one of those tax collectors or other sinners, I needed to turn from the way I was going and follow You. Thank You for forgiving me and giving me the strength to follow You. Keep reminding me of Your love for me.