Many today seem to have lost their passion for life, like there’s nothing precious in life, nothing really worth fighting or dying for. We’ve become so comfortable. But in Jesus we can find our passion again. Here is something worth living for.
Following Jesus costs. It means dying to myself, humbling myself before God and saying “God I need you, I need you to change me”. It means complete surrender.
The story below is about a guy who had this kind of radical faith. He was willing to give up everything to follow Jesus.
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 those who are ill. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’
- Who was Levi?
- What can we learn from this passage about how tax collectors were seen in Jesus’ time?
- What were the costs and consequences for Levi to follow Jesus?
- Why were the religious people angry with Jesus?
- How does Jesus define his mission in this passage?
Summary and application
- Why do you think Jesus compared sin to being sick? What does this comparison say about sin? According to Jesus, what is the cure?
- Jesus seems to be suggesting that everyone has this sickness and needs this cure? Do you agree? Is this true today?