On: January 7, 2015 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” [Luke 5:27-32]
This passage is, surely, a call to arms in our workplaces. Most of us who are Christian, spend far too much time in our churches and church groups, encouraging each other and enjoying ourselves (and sometimes, as in this story, being critical). Jesus said that it was the people “out there” who needed His attention. And so, today they needs ours. Everyone’s greatest need in life is Jesus. It is our job to graciously share this thought and show the way by the example of our own lives.
Levi (the gospel writer, Matthew) was onto it instantly. When he found Jesus, he invited all his work pals round for dinner and asked Jesus along as guest speaker. How do we share Jesus?
Lord Jesus, turn us outwards and give us a loving boldness, that we may share what we’ve found of you with those we spend our days with. Amen.