Turn To Your Neighbor, reimagining evangelism, valuing the thresholds of the journey that lead to a deep encounter with Jesus.
This week, Lupe Mariscal shares thoughts and reflections on Sunday's message.
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.” 28 And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.
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.”
Luke 5: 27 - 32
This past Sunday, Pastor Rich dove in and challenged us as Christians to stop thinking like Pharisees; to stop judging, feeling holier than thou, and stop complaining (v.30). He challenged me to several things - to trust in God and His process, to trust that I can live this life, and to build lasting relationships with those who are hostile to God by living life with them.
If we are honest, thinking like a Pharisee comes far more natural to us than what Jesus asks in verses 31-32. The statement that Jesus made in these verses challenges religion and its pushers, the Pharisees. For us today, this message is a primary challenge to evangelicalism’s chief sin of impatience, as Pastor Rich stated. It is a call to slow down, pray, listen, connect, affirm, and ultimately welcome our neighbor. God came for us all, especially our neighbors.