Converse Where You Live!

As Jesus walked along the shore, he encountered Levi the tax
collector and said, “Follow Me.” Levi was probably known as one who had to be
reckoned with; a man not well liked by the public. He was also a man of
prominence. He enjoyed life as one with influence and power. Levi responded
immediately when Jesus called him. Levi’s response suggests that he knew of Jesus
and had been paying attention to the work Jesus was doing in the area. Levi
immediately threw a party to introduce his friends to Jesus. Outside the party, the
scribes stood in judgment of Jesus and his friends. They accused them of hanging
out, “with tax collectors and sinners.” Jesus’ sharp response to the scribes in verse
17 highlights the love Jesus has for those “sinners.”