"No-one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no-one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins."
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
12 On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Jesus calls the unexpected and unacceptable. We should never underestimate the longing in the human soul to connect with Jesus.
Levi throws a party and invites Jesus, Holy and unholy in the same place. The cool thing here is Jesus calls Levi, takes him out of his old life but goes back to his world. Looking back through this year who did you make friends with? Who did you allow into your life? It’s easier making friendships with other Christ followers and the longer we keep building friendships exclusively with Christians the harder it is to engage with people who are seeking the Kingdom. We become locked into our Christian culture and we forget or maybe choose to forget that there are people out there just like us who maybe use a different language but face all the same issues and pains as we do.
One last thing Levi engaged a relationship with God that was compelling; he had a relationship that meant something to him. You need to begin to enjoy your life with God, to begin to get into a party theology. I guess people showed up at Levi’s house because he was likable, maybe had a party reputation. Can I ask a personal question, are you likable? Are you fun? Do you have some % of joy in your life.
One of my memory makers of 2007 was the Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. We got a train from Belfast in to Bangor, that was an experience. What grabbed me was the laughter and enjoyment and I was was awakened to the fact that we Christ followers used to get accused a lot for being happy, so much so that it sometimes even irritated people. Do something this year that steers you towards people and joy.You need to begin to enjoy life so that life might become compelling.