Dinner Guests – Good News for February 20

20 02 2010

Luke 5:27-32

Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.

Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”

The Daily Path: That explains it! Now I know why Jesus asked me to supper.

Psst… even though it’s Lent, I’m having a second helping at His table!

The Doctor Is In – Good News For January 17

17 01 2009

Mark 2:13-17

Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed Jesus.

While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 

Jesus heard this and said to them, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

The Daily Path: As I read this passage some examples occurred to me of how “the sick” in some cases chose to move away from “the doctor” who can heal them. Do you ever hear grumbling in your own faith community about how the pastor did this or that, and as a result they chose to withhold tithing or act to disrupt the community?

It’s not about the pastor. It’s about opening yourself up to be healed and draw closer to God. If you’re fortunate enough to have a pastor who God uses in remarkable ways to draw His children closer… even if he is different than the previous pastor… why draw away?

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Levi was a little unsure of who this Jesus guy was when he first heard him. But when Jesus said “Follow me” Levi did… and look at the opportunity to know God that came as a result. 

We’re all “sick” and in need of constant healing. Can we really afford to be so critical of “the doctor” being sent by God?

Room to Chat: Read more Scripture. You don’t need to spend hours or become a biblical scholar. If you can, or do… great. But this blog is about finding easy ways to get God into your life. He’ll do the rest. Just read the Good News of God when you can and contemplate.