Saturday: 9th March, 2019
Reference text: Luke 5:27-32
Luke 5:29 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.
Sharing may be caring, but in some cases, one gets to find out the hard way that sharing is interpreted to suggest ‘putting oneself at a disadvantage’. As some would relate, there were times when prior to an exam, classmates who were privy to topic areas or sample questions that might aid preparation for the exams kept these to themselves and showed their hand only when the exams were over.
In the Gospel today, Levi did not receive an outline of duties, expectations or salary that comes with many new jobs. However, we see the immediate change in his attitude after the invite: while he sat in office receiving tax, immediately after receiving that invitation to follow Jesus, he hosted a feast. His audience: tax collectors like himself. But mind you, in their midst sat Jesus.
Like all tax collectors, Levi had obviously received a fair share of public rebuke and shame. Therefore, when Jesus invited him to follow, He saw that as a real opportunity to also get others involved. He created an opportunity for them to have a glimpse of, and to share in the joy he felt in his new world, a world that included Jesus.
My dear, when you have an opportunity, and are able to, create opportunities for others also; pull others along with you on your way up. Let them also get to hear the Gospel, to be encouraged, to be loved and to be appreciated. Levi may have thrown a feast, but the presence of one man changed the dynamics of the whole setting. Jesus with with his presence, also affirmed. His love for they whom the world called ‘sinners’ and showed that He was for them too. That meant a lot.
Remember # however little, create opportunities for others from where you.