“After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. ‘Follow me,’ Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed Him.” (Luke 5:27-28, NIV)

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Once again, we find Jesus in the workplace, associating with questionable people – tax collectors. When Levi (Matthew) made the decision to follow Jesus, he “held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others ate 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?’ Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’” (Luke 5:29-32, NIV)

Tax collectors, also called publicans, are mentioned many times throughout the Bible (mainly in the New Testament). They are generally described as being greedy, taking more money than they are entitled to. Tax collectors were hated by many of their fellow Jews, who saw them as traitors for working for the Roman Empire. In the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 19:1-9, Jesus sympathizes with another tax collector, Zacchaeus, causing outrage from the crowds that Jesus would rather be the guest of a sinner than of a more respectable or “righteous” person.

We don’t have “tax collectors” in business today as they were in Jesus’ day, but our places of employment are overflowing with greedy people and those that simply don’t care about anyone other than themselves. Many of our co-workers will do whatever it takes to get ahead – even at the expense of others. I’m convinced that if Jesus were alive today, He’d place Himself right in the middle of all the commotion and minister to those in need of His gentle and loving Spirit. He didn’t force Himself on anyone; He was always in the right place, at the right time, and willing to share His love.

As Christians, He has directed us to the right place, also – to work with those “who need a doctor”. Wherever we are, we need to be ready to share the love of Christ with those around us.

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Spend your time wisely this Friday, “Working for Christ”!

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  1. I love the way you can bring the Bible into the work place!!!! And this is another good one!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  2. Joe Quatrone, Jr. Says:



  3. garden2day Says:

    I am trying not to say, “Right on!” but “Amen” is very appropriate 😀 Great post! Take care!.


  4. Lyn Says:

    You know what’s so jaw dropping about this incident…Levi (Matthew) just up and left his tax collecting booth, his record scrolls AND the money he had already collected. Just left it all there on his desk and never looked back.


  5. firnhyde Says:

    Thanks for the post. I hope that I can be like Levi, to leave everything and follow Him.


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