We serve a God who is intentional and on the move. We often say and hear others say the phrase, “I came to Jesus” or some variation. This phrase in itself puts us in a position of pursuit. It is saying that we went after God. The reality is that we have run from God; He pursued us.
Look at verse 27, “After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.”” Jesus went out and initiated the conversation. When I think about my life before knowing Jesus it is very clear that Jesus initiated the conversation. I was going to church but even then I was just as broken as I was when I wasn’t. Just like Levi, I thought everything was fine. Life wasn’t too bad, I had what I needed. It wasn’t until the message of the Gospel was really shown to me that I realized that I was broken. The Holy Spirit of God convicted my heart and suddenly my need for Jesus was clear. Jesus wants us! He sees us right where we are and He doesn’t want us to stay there. Levi makes the decision to follow Jesus when He called. I hope that you have made that decision as well.
It may seem strange to think of Jesus being in pursuit of us today since He isn’t physically here. This is where you and I as believers come in. We are the plan to share the Gospel!
29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Followers of Jesus are to be Jesus to those who those who are lost. They are all around us, everywhere we go.
So the questions for you today is… What are you doing about it? Are you being Jesus to the lost? You may be what Jesus uses to pursue the heart of someone who would otherwise never know Him.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate