“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 5:31-32)

When Jesus saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth, he said “Follow me.”  Levi got up and followed Jesus, leaving everything behind.

Levi then held a large banquet for Jesus at his house (and a large number of tax collectors were invited).  Jesus’ disciples were asked by some of the teachers of the law (Pharisees) who were there, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”  Jesus answered them with the verse above.  This was not to imply that the Pharisees were “the healthy,” but that a person must recognize himself as a sinner before he can be spiritually healed.

Prayer:  Lord, we know that you sent Jesus to call us from our sins to repentance.  May we respond when Jesus says “follow me” and live our lives as we know we should.

Jack Howle