MEET, LIVE, SHARE CHRIST – 4
March 8, 2014
Today’s gospel: Luke 5:27-32
The pattern of restoration, renewal and becoming a true Christian remains the same. One meets Christ, then lives Christ, then shares Christ. This was true as well about Levi.
Levi met Christ. “After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, ‘Follow me.’” (v.27). God arranges our personal encounter with Jesus, in the normal day-to-day circumstances of our lives. We are not necessarily looking for him, we may be engrossed in our daily concerns and responsibilities, we may be in sin, but somehow we meet. When we do, if we are open, then Jesus issues an invitation.
Levi lived Christ. “And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.” (v.28). A true encounter with Jesus changes us. We experience metanoia. Our priorities are overturned. What were important to us assume relative unimportance, compared to a new life in Christ. We leave our old life, and walk along a new path with Jesus.
Levi shared Christ. “Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them.” (v.29). Starting to live Christ is an exhilarating experience. We are filled with unexplainable joy. We need to celebrate. We need to share our good fortune. We then invite those in our circles of influence to come together and meet Jesus.
Much of the world will be antagonistic to the call to live the life of God. Many people will not readily see how crucial it is for their lives to meet and live Christ. Many will always find something to criticize. “The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’” (v.30).
But it is precisely with sinners that we share Christ. “Jesus said to them in reply, ‘Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.’” (v.31). People in the world do not realize how sick they are, how far from the plan of God they are, how their very spiritual well-being and entry into heaven are endangered.
It is precisely for sinners that God sent His very own Son Jesus into the world. “I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” (v.32). Unfortunately, everyone is in need of repentance. Very few in world can be considered to be truly righteous. There is much work to be done.
We need to share Christ, so that many others will meet Christ, and begin to live Christ.
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God bless you all.
“For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.” (Phil 1:21)