Is there a particular type of person that you despise? Perhaps your political convictions drive you to hate the opposing party. Maybe your religious convictions cause you to loathe those who fit certain “politically correct” descriptions. Think seriously about this. What type of people absolutely drive you crazy? Truth is, if Jesus was here today, He most likely would be spending time with those very people. That’s what Jesus did in His day. That’s Who Jesus is. He reaches out to the undesirables because He came to earth to reach them and He even died for their sins. In this chapter, Jesus spent time with redneck Galileans, contagious lepers and despised and dishonest tax collectors. What will it take for us to follow His example?
After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he left all, rose up, and followed Him. Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”” (Luke 5:27–32, NKJV)
One more thing, it was always the religious people who Jesus had the hardest time with. They were always the most difficult to get through to. It was the religious people in Jesus’ day who refused to accept and embrace the heart of His teachings. Why? Because they were steeped in their own man-made traditions and legalistic convictions.
“for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10, NKJV)
Lord, help us to drop our religious prejudices and political bias in order that we might be Jesus to someone today.