Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” (Luke 5:31, NIV)

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Jesus ministered to people everywhere, but He spent a lot of His time in the workplace. One day, as He was walking in the marketplace, He came across Levi, a tax collector.

At that time, the land of Israel was within the province of Syria and the tax collectors were collectors of Roman taxes, they were extortionists, and very despised.

The Jews detested these tax collectors not only on account of their abusive and tyrannical attitude, but because the very taxes that they were forced to collect by the Roman government were a badge of servitude and a constant reminder that God had forsaken His people. The tax collectors were always classed by the people with the harlots, gamblers, thieves, and dishonest herdsmen, who lived promiscuous, lawless lives. Some of the common terms for the tax collectors were “licensed robbers” and “beasts in human shape.”

The attitude of Jesus toward the tax collectors, however, was in stark contrast to that of the Rabbis. He had come to seek and save the lost. Jesus walked up to Levi and simply said to Him, “Follow Me.” (Luke 5:27, NIV) Levi got up, left everything and followed Him.

Jesus did not condemn anyone. He came to save every sinner and offer a better life. He never taught that there was anything fundamentally wrong with paying tribute to the Roman Government or collecting the tax. He was opposed to extortionists, but would open the door of repentance and salvation to anyone. He rejected no one, not even the worst.

Jesus was a friend to everyone, even of the tax collectors and the worst of sinners. He set a new precedent among the Jews by accepting and associating with the tax collectors. He ate with them (Mark 2:16), He offered salvation to them (Luke 19:9), and He even chose a tax collector as one of His twelve disciples (Matthew 9:9).

If we are to live like Jesus and follow His example, we need to open our lives to all types of people. It’s not up to us to judge others or to condemn them. It’s our job to love them. Christ set the example. We need to listen to Him when He says, “Follow Me!”

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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8 Comments on “JESUS SAID, “FOLLOW ME!””

  1. I would like to hit the like button a million times please!! Great post! Thank you for telling it like it is! Such a wonderful standard of living Jesus has given us! Love everyone! Simple as that! Love you dear one!


  2. teresapoetry Says:

    Following the example of Jesus, and opening our lives to all types of people….AMEN!!


  3. garden2day Says:

    😀 😀 😀 Dave, I love this! 😀 😀 😀

    “He rejected no one, not even the worst.”

    How can we do any less? I love it! He loves us all!!! Isn’t that the greatest thing?

    Hope you are well! I’m not doing too hot right now. Hopefully I will get better soon. Take care of yourself! 😀


  4. hits home in my heart 🙂 follow not I, follow your heart to Jesus where the greatest wealth is.


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