Do you have friends that you want to follow Jesus?
It’s simply human nature – when you find something great, you want others to know. If you have a favorite pizza, you share it with your friends. If you get a good deal at a store, you tell others.
When Matthew decided to follow Jesus, he threw a party so his friends could meet HIm.
“And after these things he [Jesus] went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi [Matthew], sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him. And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.” (Luke 5:27-29)
Yet, some of the religious leader were all upset that Jesus would eat with “sinners.” But if Jesus had decided not to eat with sinners, He wouldn’t have eaten with anyone because we are all sinners. Jesus spent time with people because He loved them. He loves everyone. Matthew wanted his friends to meet Jesus regardless what others thought.
This Sunday, May 3, I conclude a sermon series called Tips for a Follower from Luke 5. We discover from the conversion of Matthew, the tax collector and future apostle, that followers of Jesus should find their friends so they can follow Jesus. I hope you will join me on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.
It can be difficult and complicated to try to connect friends with Jesus. You want to turn them on to Jesus without turning them off. Matthew helps us with two principles:
1 – Move closer to those far from God. Matthew didn’t leave his friends when He followed Jesus. He wanted to bring them along. Rather than move away and try to separate yourself from your friends, try moving closer and spending time with your friends. How will they know about Jesus unless you tell them?
2 – Try new ways to reach those far from God. Like Matthew, maybe you can throw a party and invite your nonChristian friends to meet your Christian friends. Or maybe you can use the internet to reach your friends for Jesus. Every good method was new at one time. Try something new and see what happens.
I hope you’ll join me this Sunday as I share more about Matthew’s story. Invite your friends to watch and allow me to tell them about Jesus.
Join me this Sunday @ 9:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.