Athlete, God Cares, Do You?

Luke 5:27-32

"After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, 'Follow me.' And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

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. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, 'Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?' And Jesus answered them, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.'" 

Athlete, for the next 5 days we will be traveling through these six verses and pulling out things that God is challenging us with. So go ahead and read those verses again.

Stop and listen to hear if God is saying anything to you.

Read those verses slowly one more time. This time with this prayer on your heart, "God what do you want me to learn about you?" (Remember the Bible is about God, not what he can do for us)

Ok, what is he saying to you about himself?

If you look at the first verse you will see he calls A TAX COLLECTOR to himself to be one of his followers.

This is crazy and tells us a lot about God. He is telling us that even though the world (especially the audience Luke is writing to) looks at tax collectors as the lowest of low, God sees them as people worth value and dignity.

Tax collectors are people you want to stay away from and actually run the other direction when you see them. Tax collectors will take your money, give it to your enemy, and keep some for themselves. They will take advantage of you. They are the type of "friend" that always takes and never gives. They have nothing to offer.

Yet God calls them to follow him! He is not afraid of perception (more on that in the days to come) or afraid of someone saying "No." God cares about every single person and wants them to be in a relationship with him no matter what they do, have done, or will do.

He cares deeply for them.

Do you? If you call yourself a Christ follower, are you willing to go to the tax collector(s) in your context? Who are those people in your context? In your athletic department? In your neighborhood?

If you put yourself in the tax collector category, know that God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you. Be encouraged by these verses and stick with us for the week because God uses that tax collector in some really fun ways.





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