Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


April 19, 2011

When Jesus called Levi, he surprised him.

When Jesus called Levi, he surprised everyone.
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
                                            --Mark 2:17 TNIV
Yes, Jesus surprised Levi the tax collector, shocked him, saying, "Levi, I want you on my team," because Levi was sure that no holy man would want a person like him to do the work of God.  But it wasn't just Levi, Jesus shocked the whole town, more so, he offended many of the good people, the people we too would have expected God to call to ministry.  No, he called Levi.
But what about us?  What about you?  Jesus is calling you to follow him, not a religious holy man, not a gutter-dwelling tax collector, but you.  Would that surprise your neighbor that Jesus is calling you?  Well, Jesus is, is calling you.  Does it surprise you?
Dale Patterson