The Great Commission

We have seen Jesus demonstrate His power over disease, nature, the spirit world, and sin. He continues to show His limitless power because He is omnipotent. All these miracles are to authenticate who Jesus is so we will follow Him. If you are following Jesus, you will do these five things: Win, Quit, Resist, Connect, and Remember

Today, let’s look at winning the lost (Matthew 9:9-10 ) Christ Jesus is on a prayer walk along the seashore (Mark 2:13) in Capernaum, when He sees Matty Nice sitting at his tax table. Our gospel’s author is AKA Levi Levy, the one who presses out the tax of his people. He’s an unscrupulous Jew extracting the Juice of Jewish wallets for Rome. Taxes pay for the Roman domination of Israel and collectors were notoriously corrupt, overcharging people, and keeping the difference. In our culture, Matty Nice would be lumped in with the pimps and pushers peddling sin. When Jesus sees him sitting at his tax booth, He says, that’s the guy…Levi Levy, join my posse’ Matthew 9:9~ …and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. (ESV) 

That guy? The indecently immoral, the profligate prodigal, Levi Levy? No one wants to be his friend, to offer him grace, or to share any good news for fear it would cost them. He’s a tax collector and there’s no telling the hourly rate they charge on joy. Christ Jesus looks at him and says, he’s perfect and ripe for a change, come Matty Nice, join the journey through life and faith. Salvation is a wonderful miracle, changing us from death to life. Grateful for the love and acceptance Matty wants to reach his lost friends for Christ, so he throws a party. As Jesus kicks it at Matty’s table, many tax collectors and sinners come to eat with Jesus and His disciples (Matthew 9:10) Just as He did with Matthew, Jesus calls all His followers to be fishers of men and women (Mark 1:17). If you are not fishing for men and women, you are not really following Jesus. 

Who has the Lord brought near your life that you could share the amazing life of faith with? I bet if you pulled back a little, you would notice that someone has been around a while, looking for a life-altering change. Today, let’s take time to pray for them and yourself. Ask God to help give you a moment and the words to say as He wins their heart.

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