Jesus approaches Levi (Matthew) “Follow Me”
Matthew response to that was that he got up, left everything and followed him.
What does it mean to leave everything behind and follow Jesus?
- Some when He says leave everything.
- To others, leaving everything means to be willing to leave behind the old lifestyle.
In the Scripture, there are two callings:
- There is a general calling for all those that accept Christ as Lord.
- Special calling for those that go into full-time ministry.
(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. 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?”
Matthew was converted, transformed, & repentant!
Here is an important point…
- We just cannot let them influence us, we must influence them.
Philippians 1:12-13, “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.”
Philippians 1:20-22, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, weather by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me.”
Follow me is an invitation…
an invitation that Matthew took…
and we are also invited to take…
If our church is only defined by what happens inside these walls,
we are being NOT THE CHURCH that God called us to be.
Luke 5:31-32, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Crossing the River means:
Pray for them,
Reach out to them,
Let Jesus change them.
Even if they are NOT like us…