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Come Follow

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Mark 2:14-17 KJV
(14) And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
(15) And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
(16) And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
(17) When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Come follow me said Jesus to Levi. Jesus ability to call mankind to follow is much like today like the ability of ice cream truck driver, who ringís a bell and playing the truckís music to draw the people for an ice cream treat. Anyone taking time to listen and follow Jesus in the days He walked the earth was always in for a treat. Sometimes it was only wisdom, or correction from Godís word or a simple miracle. Yet Jesus must have had the ability to socialize. To talk to people beyond the miracles and the preaching. For he was going to lunch with this Levi and his friends. He would be sitting among sinners. Unless one wants to be alone a meal is the easy way to get to know someone. It is one if you sit at a lunch counter with others you may or may not know you soon will have friends if you take time to speak, if all you do is share that meal. People enjoy food. If nothing else to talk about it is a good menu. Women have gather around many kitchen tables with nothing to talk about but the latest recipes. If you got a good recipe you at least have one thing you can talk about.

This one meal was offensive to the religious leaders because it was eaten with publicans and sinners. A typical of religious folks who understand about witness outside their own circle of friends. Yet it should not be. If you were not saved you were lost and in the same circle of guilt as the sinners around Jesus. Without faith one belongs to the sinful table. With Jesus you still belong in the circle of sinners, but you have hope. Hope of being with Jesus will change you. That the healer might prick your heart for healing. A sick person needs a physician but a whole person needs no one. Pharisees and scribes understood not that those around Jesus needed him. Need to share the gospel with them. To tell the stories of faith and prophesy from the Old Testament with the sinners, for the New was not recorded yet. Yet the Pharisees and scribes reach not to those in need of God as God had called them too.

One has to ask what will it take for those called to reach out like Christ did. To sit on a bar stool with unbelievers and talk to sinners. To share the wisdom of God as God leads from both Old and New Testament. To introduce people to Godís wisdom that their sins are forgiven if they will only believe. To continue to do good works not for oneís self but for God.

This month is revolution month. Is these ideas revolutionary to you. Then consider taking time to talk to someone about Jesus today. Revolution to war needs people to join. To join for changing our world for Jesus. It not individual change but a change to have faith in God and His Word. To believe in Jesus the word of God. To tell the sinful world we love you, but we agree not with the sin. Jesus was not afraid to cause a stir by eating with sinners. He was not afraid to stand for revolutionary change because He went to the cross knowing it would cause the biggest revolution around the globe. Are you willing to tell someone Jesus loves them today?

Dear Heavenly Father help us to walk in Christís footsteps to see the revolutionary war of faith in you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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