Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.”
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.”
—Luke 3:12-13; 5:27-32
by: Gabrielle Watt.
Jesus went around teaching the word of the Lord, baptizing people, and spending time with those who were sinful, unclean, liars, cheaters, and thieves. In these passages we read about Jesus eating with tax collectors, who were looked down upon because they commonly cheated people. When the Pharisees asked why Jesus would associate with those people, Jesus gave a resonant answer. He was going about God’s work—spreading the word to those who needed to hear it and calling sinners who needed to repent of their sins. Do you let the way the world sees others stop you from sharing God’s love with them?