Summary: Levi the tax collector becomes Matthew the disciple
LK 5:27 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, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.
Last week Shelley talked about Jesus’ authority to lead - “Peter, leave the nets and fish for men.”
Now Jesus calls Levi, Follow me, and he did.
He left everything - what exactly does that mean? House - job - family - possessions?
Read further - LK 5:29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.
Levi didn't leave his house, family, friends or even possessions behind.
Tax booth & cash, some explaining to do - job that was at cross purposes with his calling -
But he didn't leave his friends - in fact, Levi does the opposite, he does everything in his power to bring his friends along! How tragic that Christians are likely to do the opposite.
Many Christians either fall back into their old ways, or completely lose track of their friends in 2 years
What Levi left behind most of all - was Levi (Levi - he will join Leah & Jacob)
(Matthew - Gift of God) Matthew writes - he saw a man named Matthew (no Levi in Matt.)
Here’s something else, Are Christians allowed to have fun?
If so, Exactly how much fun are they allowed to have? Belly laugh? Movie - Cards - Dancing?
Is Alan Jackson right? Is too much of a good thing - a good thing? If it feels good, could it be wrong?
Almost every good thing has boundaries - cross that thin line and all bets are off.
Creme filled donuts - Bumper riding? Tickling at 40?
LK 7:33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, `He has a demon.' 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, `Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." ' 35 But wisdom is proved right by all her children."
EPH 5:15 Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Don't be foolish - Understand what the Lord’s Will is
God didn't come to destroy your fun, but to elevate it - redeem it - improve it.
Apparently outside the party sat some party poopers
LK 5:30 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'?"
Can a person be too Good? Too Righteous? - Compare Jesus to the Pharisees
Self Righteous - built on external boundary markers
Jesus - right with God and men - eating, drinking, having fun wasn’t the issue.
Jesus gives a cryptic answer - and one that removes Him from judgment but doesn't fail to convict the Pharisees.
LK 5:31 Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."