And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him. 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. But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:27-32)
Today’s Morsel: When entering into a foreign country, you have to pass through their Customs and Immigration zone. It’s here that they stamp your passport as being authorized to enter their country. It is also here, that sometimes, you may have to pay import taxes on goods that you are bringing into that country. Jericho, where Jesus found Zacchaeus, was on a major trade route. Like Zacchaeus, maybe Matthew’s location was on a major trade route, too, and this is how they were able to swindle the system and get rich as many travelers and businessmen would probably be required to pay taxes on their goods. But when Jesus passed by, both Matthew and Zacchaeus left what they were doing to follow Him. They did not hesitate to follow Him. The church is like a custom and immigration check point. It’s here where you get your stamp to enter that new land of promise, heaven. If Jesus’ name is not stamped in your forehead, you cannot pass through. So make sure you have your stamp before you exit the building.
Sing: There’s a new name written down in glory and its mine, oh yes, it’s mine. And the white robed angels tell the story, a sinner has come home. For there’s a new name written down in glory and its mine, oh, yes it mine. With my sins forgiven I am bound for heaven, never more to roam.
Thought For Today: No visas are required for heaven, just a stamp, or you won't be entering.