Jesus was the new preacher in town, and what He taught was certainly quite different than what they had learned. It was time to gather His first disciples.
Who was one of the first ones Jesus called to follow him? Levi (Matthew) the tax collector was singled out by Jesus. Tax collectors were considered to be part of the non-trusted group like the adulterers and robbers.
So the people asked Jesus, “Why did you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” (Luke 5: 30)
Jesus was questioned about his decision like sometimes we are.
- Your calling will cause some questioning, even among family members.
The choice of choosing Levi to be first would have been the last choice for many.
- We must learn to choose not with the majority, but what the Lord is choosing.
- It will usually be different than what everyone thinks.
- Get used to different.
A person must recognize Himself to be a sinner before he can be spiritually healed. That’s why Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. (Luke 5: 31)
Jesus Questioned Again
The people were now asking Jesus why His disciples were not fasting. The religious leaders were seeing His freedom to eat, enjoy banquets and his disciples were joining in with that freedom.
After questioned, Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?” (Luke 5: 34)
- Fasting is not a legalistic practice for display.
- Fasting can be done privately, never announcing one’s task to do so.
From The Old To The New
Using the parable of the old and new wineskin, he says, “No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.” (Luke 5: 37-38)
- Out with the old, in with the new.
- God delights in all of the new, even if it means never mixing the old.
- Old patterns and old ways keep us reluctant to opening up our spirits to the new.
God has said, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth.” (Isaiah 43: 19)
- Prepare for the new.
(Shared from Luke 5: 27-39, Modified)
Back To The Beginning
In the beginning, God created…He created everything. “Everything was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Genesis 1: 1-2)
God is taking us from a time of ending what has happened, into a season of newness, declaring new life into those areas that were dead. He is bringing forth light into the darkness as His children arise and shine. They shall not go alone, for the depth of God’s Spirit is not only hovering but covering and saturating His people, the people who are called to the deep.
Look not only on the surface of things but look deep, deep within and deeper levels to be taken. New places, new horizons, new waters to tread and new expansions are coming.
For God has “Separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1: 3) So must we! He has called us to Him, the Light, to bring His Light into the darkness. He has called us, to produce; to produce in the land and as seed-bearing people bearing fruit.
The New Fruit
“Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth…(Genesis 1: 28) Rule over the earth and take dominion over the earth, produce and multiply. Bring forth my kingdom, your call is a kingdom call; a kingdom call that has a Bridegroom King, who’s name is Jesus.
For my intention was to create man, bearing my image, the fullness of the Godhead within mankind. For I wanted my offspring to possess life and moral discernment as you came from the hand of God. Free access was given for life, the tree of life, showing my intentions for you to live and not just survive, but to thrive.
In that purity, in their nakedness, they felt no shame…Freedom from shame was lost because of disobedience, because of sin.
I created a kingdom of priests who are called to rule, take charge in their kingdom, my kingdom, my world, my earth. And I placed man in my garden, where the beauty of what I created was before them, the colors, the fragrances, the blue sky, the sunshine–A paradise here on the earth.
Yet, so I am restoring that kingdom within them, to take a stand and be a man. So stand for my righteousness, justice, and freedom. I have placed my kingdom builders, my remnant, upon the earth to recognize their call–kingdom call.
It’s a call to build my house, not their own.
It’s a call to unite, not divide.
It’s a call to gather, and not to scatter.
It’s a call to strong faith, not to wavering faith.
It’s a call to know me and not to dismiss me.
It’s a call to everlasting life, not temporary pleasure.
I’m changing mindsets; I’m changing hearts.
It won’t look like before.
The new wine is being poured out, so get a new glass to drink from.
The glass won’t be large enough to contain, for my glory is coming in ways not the same.
My kingdom come, My will be done.
It’s a kingdom strength, that most won’t embrace.
But to those I’m building, My Spirit will be shielding.
Your armor will extinguish all the arrows that fly, that you can no longer waiver, nor deny.
Your strength is given into what’s been promised; I won’t disappoint you’re called to anoint.
So as we end one awful year, get ready my children, your victory is near.
You’ll see your call and know your strength, was always for my kingdom, released by grace.
The fall of man has kept you from, experiencing my glory and power of the Son.
I’m coming back so think about your life; my will shall be done, for my Bride and my wife.
I’m coming through your acts and works; I’ve never intended for man to be put first.
Embrace my voice and listen to me; the life was given all in a tree.
The tree in the garden, to you I’ve called; became a tree, the cross, where sin was laid down for all.
I’ve come to give you strength and complete, my passion and work is set before your feet.
Arise and shine, my Bride that I’ve called; I’m your Bridegroom-King, who’s strong and for all.
This is God’s promise to us, “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yield its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever He does prospers. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” (Psalm 1: 3, 6)
(Shared from Psalm 1, Modified)