27 Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector's booth.
"Follow me and be my disciple," Jesus said to him.
28 So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.
29 Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor.
Many of Levi's fellow tax collectors and other notorious sinners also ate with them.
30 But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus' disciples,
"Why do you eat and drink with such scum?*"
31 Jesus answered them,
"Healthy people don't need a doctor—sick people do.
32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent."
I've always found this passage very convicting.
How many times do we neglect to try to connect with the “sinners” all around us because we worry about what other people will think of us.
You know who I'm talking about – all of those tons of people we know who aren't connected to God through Jesus.
We're afraid people will think we're really like “them” & not “holy” like those who look down on us for hanging out with “sinners”.
But like I've said before in this blog, where would you & I be if the people who influenced either of us to follow Jesus had been too scared to connect with us because they were worried about what their friends would think about them out with sinners like us?
Think about that today...