After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:27-32 (NIV)
Old For New
That is exactly what I have left. What have you left? I have left my old life in the world. I have left the old and sinful patterns and practices of my old life for the completely new life I have in you. Was that difficult? Was that painful? I will tell you this. My old life in the world was no prize. I fully lived out the verse in your word that says, “The wages of sin is death.” How so? My sinful life left me bruised and battered and broken. My sinful life left me at rock bottom. My sinful life made me see the error of my own ways. My sinful life helped me to cry out to you. I am thankful that you came into this world for a person such as me. I was certainly sick. I definitely needed a doctor. I needed a doctor that could heal my life. I needed a doctor who could restore and refresh, revive and most importantly save my soul. Only you, are such a doctor. Yes, I am.
What did you need to do so that I could heal your life? I needed to acknowledge and confess my sin. I need to turn away from my old life of sin. I needed to ask for and receive your forgiveness and cleansing of my sin. I needed to completely turn my life over to you. I need to respond affirmatively to your call for me to follow you. Any less of a response to you would not have allowed your healing to come into my life. Why is that? How could I be healed from the sickness of my old life if I were not willing to live the new life that you secured for me? You could not be, that is true.
What must you keep on doing? That is a very good question. Leaving my old life of sin was a one time, for all of life, decision that I need to keep on reaffirming every day. Why is that? Every day I need to keep on distancing myself from my old life so I can keep on living the new life I have in you. Every once in a while, elements from my old life seem to want to check back with me to see if I have any ongoing interest in them. With all the power and strength that you will give me, the answer is and will continue to be no. I will keep on living the completely new life I have in you. I will keep on following you to where you lead me to do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good. You are my Savior. You are my Lord. Yes, I am.
Lord, thank you for calling me to come to you. Thank you, for healing my bruised and broken, sinful life. Thank you for helping to leave my old life in the world, so I can live the completely new life I have in you. I will follow you wherever you lead me. Amen
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