Summary: When Jesus calls us He calls us to a number of changes.
We discover from our text that Christ calls people
The question we will answer is " what does Christ call
There are three callings that Levi received that could
also be true for everyone else.
1. Everyone is called to repentance(v17)
Luke tells us that Jesus came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance(Luke 5:32)
a. Repentance is to change one’s disposition towards
God. Levi demonstrated this by " leaving
everything and following Jesus."(v14)
b. Repentance causes us to become generous towards
God. Levi demonstrates this by hosting a dinner
c. Those who ignore the call to repentance often
share similarities with the pharisees in our
story. They are quick to judge and slow to show
2.Everyone is called to relationship(v15)
a. After repentance comes a call to relationship.
Clearly Jesus looks for people to be with. In
our text he is out there where crowds gather.
b. The Pharisees are clearly disturbed that Jesus
is enjoying himself.
c. In verse 16 we have a question, "why does He eat
with tax collectors and sinners?" This is a great
question.The answer is that he loves them.
3. We are called to recovery(v17)
a. Jesus compares his ministry to a doctor,s.He
too wants to see us well.
b. Jesus heals us in two ways. He heals by his
touch( Mark 1:40-41)and he heals by his
c. The word of God is a spiritual perscription
that when applied will bring about healing
to our minds.
God is concerned about every person. He is confirming his call on our life through this passage. He is calling us to repentance so we can have relationship and recovery.Will we respond?