September 1, 2010
“After this he went out and saw a man named Levi at work collecting taxes. Jesus said, “Come along with me.” And he did — walked away from everything and went with him. Levi gave a large dinner at his home for Jesus. Everybody was there, tax men and other disreputable characters as guests at the dinner.” Luke 5:27-29 The Message
Who will you invite to dinner…?
There was no other way for Jesus to reach you. He had to take on “every detail” of your life. And “every detail” means every detail of who you are. There was no other way. You wouldn’t want to leave your “everything” and follow Him if you thought He couldn’t cover every detail of your life. And His words have not changed in 2000 years: “Come along with me” . And something !else hasn’t changed: Jesus still sits down around a dinner table with “tax” men and women .. disreputable men and women .. men and women with hidden and visible pains .. men and women with every kind of trials .. and men and women with every kind of sin. There was no other way to reach you. So maybe .. You .. are to be a Levi and invite your friends to meet Jesus around a table. Who will you invite? Jesus still meets men and women just like you .. in your present circumstances .. in your present struggles .. in your present overwhelming pressures. There isn’t one detail in your life today that would make Jesus walk away from you. In fact .. when He asks you to leave everything .. He knows how hard that is for you. For some it is life-changing all on it’s own .. To leave everything to follow Jesus. .. To risk everything .. Your reputation and character .. Just so that friends you’ve known a long tome can meet this same Jesus. He’s not asking you to become religious. He asking you to follow Him and that means He is going to go forward through your everything so that you can become His everything. There will be those who don’t understand nor will they try. And the same good news to a filthy tax collector is the same good news that is your life today. It only takes a moment …
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