Mark 2:15-17 (NLT)
15 That night Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to be his dinner guests, along with his fellow tax collectors and many other notorious sinners. (There were many people of this kind among the crowds that followed Jesus.) 16 But when some of the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with people like that, they said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with such scum?" 17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor--sick people do. I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough."
Levi, known as the disciple Matthew, is called to follow Jesus. Because of his gladness of heart he has thrown a banquet and invited fellow tax collectors and publicans to meet Jesus. But the Pharisees questioned why Jesus would eat with such people. Jesus said he had come to call sinners. Calling down the Pharisees he said, “He was not there for those who think they are already good enough.”
When someone becomes important to you, don’t you want others to meet them? Matthew did exactly that when he met Jesus; he called his friends together to meet someone special. Matthew knew Jesus was about to change his life radically and he wanted others to know about it. Jesus didn’t hesitate to meet each and every one of them. It didn’t matter who they were, where they came from, or what others said about them; Jesus was there to meet and fellowship with them. But the Pharisees, ministers and teachers of the religious law, saw these tax collectors and publicans as low class, scum. How easy it was for the Pharisees to judge these people from their religious positions. How quick they were to call others scum when the others sins were considered so visible, yet their own sin was hidden by false works. People are quick to call down the sins of others without giving consideration to themselves, or asking how they can help carry others burden, or even stopping to pray for the person in need. Jesus said, “How can you think of saying, `Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye.” We all need to take a moment and think of what we can do to help those who have fallen to sin. Jesus came to call the sinners. We can at least share our love for Him with others. Pray that God may extend your love for Him to others. Pray that others would see Christ in your actions. Learn to see that each person is fallible to and needs the grace of Christ in their life.