Mark 2:13-17: Living for your Purpose
13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus has now started his earthly ministry and he needed to form a team. To start off, he went and saw Levi, a tax collector, who was not well loved because he was a tax collector. Tax collectors were considered traitors by their own people. Yet, Jesus saw something in him and called him out from where he is to help him become who he really should be.
In the next scene, we see Jesus hanging out with many tax collectors and sinners. The religious people can’t believe what they are seeing. Why would this “holy man” hang out with sinners.
Jesus knowing what was in their heart reminded the crowd what his business was on earth –
“Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.” – Jesus (MSG version)
Jesus is in the business of calling out our purpose and destiny. He wants us to live a full abounding life living for His purpose. How about you – are you living the purposes of God for your life?
Here is Victory Worship’s latest song “Live for your Purpose”