March 12, 2022

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March 12, 2022

Encounter: Disciple (Levi “Matthew”) and Sinners

Scripture: Mark 2:13-17 NLT

Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him. Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?” When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”


Dear God,

It is so clear that Levi wasn’t sinful because of his occupation, but rather what he did with the power that came with it. Make me mindful of the positional power I have, and how I use it—over children, employees, service industry workers, and others. Remind me of my status among other followers of Jesus. Thank you for sending your Son to heal us: the sick, the disreputable sinners, the helpless and hopeless.


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