While the Pharisees only saw sinners and tax collectors among them, Jesus saw a potential future disciple.
Question: How would you treat a man with piercings, earrings, punk rock shirts?
---It is important for us to see as Jesus sees, USING GRACE SPECTACLES--not as we see their past, but as Jesus sees their future.
Jesus called and Levi dropped everything to follow Him.
Question: How are we listening to His call for us today?
---The closer we are in listening to Him, the better we can see how Jesus sees them. In the same way, we can direct people to follow Christ as we follow Him closely.
Jesus did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
Question: How involved are we with the caring and healing ministry?
---Jesus' call is persistent and compelling. The church is a hospital of sinners, not a performance arena for the righteous.
*based on Luke 5:27-32
by Rev. Paul Wang