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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Today's Verse : Luke 5:27


May 27, 2012

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.
-- Luke 5:27

After capturing the hearts of the crowd, Jesus now calls another
disciple, Levi (Matthew). Two things are significant about this
calling. First, Jesus called someone no other religious leader
would have chosen, a tax collector and Roman sympathizer -- to any
Jew of Jesus' era, Matthew would have seemed very much like a
traitor to his heritage and to his faith. Second, the tax collector
followed, leaving behind his livelihood and his fortune. This is a
powerful reminder that there is no one we should write off as
unreachable with the Gospel and as unusable by our Lord.

Father of all nations, help me recognize the people you place in
my path today who are ready to know more about Jesus. Give me the
wisdom and the awareness to know when and how to speak with them
about my Savior. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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