Is it for You?


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Jesus Followers                        Mark 2:13-17

Is it for you?

Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew)

13 Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.

15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and o

ther sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”

17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

 

Jesus again extends the invitation to follow.  This time to a tax collector, one of the more despised persons of the day.  Jesus was hanging out with many of these tax collectors and other sinners.  Naturally, Jesus is criticized for hangout out with such people.
 
Pious people say, “Change, then join us.”  Jesus says, “Join us, then you will change.”
 
Jesus says He didn’t for for the pious,  He came for the unpious, unreligious, unsanctified, and the unholy people.  Did Jesus come for you?
 
Reflect on…
1) How does it impact you that Jesus said He didn’t come for the pious, and the righteous, but that He came for sinners?
2) In your life, do you put on the mark of piety or are you sincere about being one of the sick?
 
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